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Know Your Nutrition Facts, Know Your Food

Payal D Patel, PharmD, Resident


Feb 26th, 2015


These days, more and more people make informed decisions about their lifestyles and have set goals to make healthier choices.  Food label reading is an informative and free way to help make healthy choices while shopping at the grocery store!  To support you with your continued commitment to healthy living, here’s a quick checklist to help understand a nutrition facts label.

  1. Serving Size: This will help determine if you need to adjust any of the other values on the nutrition label. For example, most ice creams have a serving size of ½ cup. If you eat 1 cup of ice cream for dessert, you will have to double all of the values on the label.
  2. Calories: This will tell you the number of calories per serving. In addition to the total calories per servings, your nutrition label will also tell you the number of calories that come from fat sources. In general choose foods with fewer calories from fat.
  3. Nutrients: According to the US Food and Drug Administration
    1. Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Carbohydrates: These nutrients are necessary for basic functions, however people tend to consume too much of them. Having too much of these nutrients in your diet may increase your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, or diabetes amongst other conditions. In general, if the daily value is less than 5% for any of these nutrients, it is considered low.
    2. Dietary Fiber, Protein, Vitamins, and Minerals: These are the nutrients that can help build strong bones and muscles as well as keep your metabolism active. When looking at the nutritional label, try to find foods that are higher in these nutrients. In general, if any of these nutrients are more than 20% of your daily values, they are considered high.

In addition to checking the nutrition label when making food choices, there are other ways to ensure that you and your family can continue to be healthy. Try to balance the food you eat with physical activity to help manage weight.

Incorporating fresh foods and vegetables into meals will provide you with important vitamins and minerals. Another benefit of eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is that these foods are typically low in cholesterol and sodium.


Also, the American Heart Association (AHA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have published many resources to help you make smarter food choices. Visit the links below to learn more! By using your new skill of nutrition label reading, you can continue your commitment to healthy eating.


Payal D Patel, PharmD, Resident


23 Responses to Know Your Nutrition Facts, Know Your Food

  1. elaine 12/04/2016 at 5:01 pm

    dear albertsons,
    i would like to know the calories and nutrition facts for the following items. For ese items, i am referring only to the items from the BAKERY CABINET that has the glass doors and a variety of cookies, doughnuts, pastries, and muffins.
    1) red velvet muffin
    2) blueberry muffin
    3) banana muffin
    4) lemon poppyseed muffin
    5) gourmet oatmeal raisin cookie
    6) gourmet reese’s peanut butter chocolate cookie
    7) gourmet sugar cookie
    8) glazed yeast doughnut ring
    9) apple fritter
    10) cinnamon roll doughnut (sometimes called a coffee roll doughnut. but i am asking about the doughnut, not just a regular cinnamon roll)

    thank you and i look forward to your swift response.
    sincerely, elaine

    • Customer Support 12/04/2016 at 6:54 pm

      Elaine, we suggest stopping by your local store and speaking with the bakery department for further assistance. -Julio

  2. Christina 18/07/2016 at 5:53 pm

    That is not a helpful answer, I am sad to say! The staff makes very good items and are so helpful and nice however, corporate has given them no nutritional data AT ALL to give out to customers.
    BIG difference between Albertson’s and let’s say, COSTCO, who have signs on their walls displaying caloric count for all of their food items.
    Even Wegman’s has caloric counts displayed for their to-go foods/ and bakery items.
    Albertson’s really should be a responsible grocer and have caloric nutrition displayed on their bakery to-go items too!

    • Customer Support 19/07/2016 at 12:30 pm

      Christina, your feedback and concerns are very important to us. We will share this internally for review. Please let us know which store you frequent so that we can best identify and resolve this issue. Thanks! -Rebecca

  3. S Morrison 31/01/2017 at 6:17 am

    There needs to be nutritional information provided for all bakery items, I also am interested in the nutritional information, as I have to count carbohydrates, protein, total fat etc.

    The very friendly staff maintains they do not have the info on a regular basis. I would hate to have to stop shopping at Albertson’s because of silly nonsense such as this.

  4. J Thompson 02/03/2017 at 5:42 pm

    I too am looking for nutritional breakdown of bakery items. I can’t believe this is not required information!
    What is it you do not want your customers to know? I am sure these are not nutritionally dense foods…regardless, this should be public information shared if not on the product, then in the store, minimally it should be available online…. ???

    • Customer Support 02/03/2017 at 7:31 pm

      J, thank you for sharing your concerns and suggestions with us regarding the nutritional breakdown of bakery items. We appreciate your feedback, and we will share it with the appropriate personnel for review. Have a great night! -Cornelius

  5. Amy 11/05/2017 at 8:49 pm

    I am also interested in the nutrition label of the bakery items. Seems to be standard procedure to have this information readily available at all stores. When could we expect it to be available? Or is it available and just hasn’t been posted yet? Thanks much

    • Customer Support 12/05/2017 at 3:11 pm

      Hello Amy, we appreciate your interest! The information is available by request. Please speak with a local Bakery Associate for nutritional information. Thank you! -Aaron

  6. R Brown 06/08/2017 at 3:12 pm

    Dear Albertsons, Are you afraid people will stop buying your bakery items if they know the nutritional values? It would be nice to know these things. I don’t buy your products because I don’t know what you are putting in them.

    • Customer Support 08/08/2017 at 9:07 pm

      Hello R Brown, we really appreciate your feedback about us sharing Nutritional Information for our Bakery items. We will be sure to share your concerns with the appropriate personnel for review. Thank you. -Cornelius

  7. Alisa L 16/02/2018 at 1:50 pm

    I purchased a 4 pack of blueberry muffins from your bakery and the nutritional information on it says that a serving size is 1 and the calorie count per serving is 2130!?!?!?!?!? Are you kidding with this. This has to be a typo. A McDonalds cheeseburger has fewer calories. It is real important in today’s society where obesity and health issues related to, that people are able to be properly and accurately informed of the correct nutritional data. 106g of fat, 270g of carbs, 141g of sugar. This is medical emergency waiting to happen. Please work with your bakery departments to make sure that information is right or you are going to end up losing a lot of the bakery business cause people don’t want to die from eating a muffin.

    • Customer Support 16/02/2018 at 9:19 pm

      Hello Alisa! We’d like to address this properly. Could you please email us at with the product’s UPC number, the store location that you purchased it at, and your contact information?
      You may also attach a photo of the product in your email as well. Please reference your post so we know who you are. Thank you! -Cynthia

  8. B Nichols 03/04/2018 at 3:46 pm

    I also need nutrition information. Sodium amt is very inportant as I have a heart condition. Signature bagged chocolate chip, sugar, and oatmeal raisin cookies. Thank you

    • Customer Support 03/04/2018 at 6:31 pm

      B, thank you for reaching out to us. We have sent you an email requesting a bit more information from you so we may research this more appropriately. Hope to hear from you! -Julio

  9. Betty 03/04/2018 at 6:53 pm

    Bagged in store in Carrollton Texas store on Kelly.

  10. John 09/05/2018 at 6:27 pm

    I’d also like to know this information as well.
    I’ve noticed the calories, sometimes, are on the item’s tag themselves, and other times, not visible anywhere at all.

    For bakery stuff (donuts/muffins) I’ve noticed they generally have a list of the calories on the case itself for each item, BUT it only shows calories!!
    I talked to the bakery department, but they said they only have the calorie info, they have NO clue to any other nutritional info for the items they make/sell, that doesn’t sound right at all.

    This is an obvious/bad flaw, and I’d like it to be addressed/fixed, since calories are not the ONLY thing that some people need to keep an eye on, write down, and/or keep track of.

    If not on the package itself, somewhere on the site would be a great place for this information.
    Especially for someone that has to count certain nutritional info, or are just wondering.

    • Customer Support 09/05/2018 at 11:02 pm

      John, we understand your concerns about adding the nutritional information, and we’d like to share your comments. Would you mind letting us know which location you normally visit so we can ensure your comments are shared with all of the appropriate personnel including your local store? Thank you. -Cornelius

  11. John 11/05/2018 at 7:44 pm

    Store #3414
    But I think this info/issue should be added/addressed to ALL stores, and for others that want to know this info, but don’t know how to ask besides the manger at that store they go to.
    They probably are just told the same thing I was told when I asked my store manager, that they don’t have that info at all available and have no way of knowing/getting that info at all either.
    That just doesn’t sound right/safe.

    • Customer Support 11/05/2018 at 10:17 pm

      John, we understand your concerns, and we’ll make sure that all of your comments are shared with the appropriate departments for review. Thank you. -Cornelius

  12. myra katz 14/07/2018 at 7:15 pm

    WOW! Looked for calorie count today and…nothing! You really dropped the ball on this one.

    • Customer Support 15/07/2018 at 5:32 pm

      Hi Myra! We can refer you to check with your local store if you were looking for nutritional information about any of your made in store items. We hope this helps! Patrick

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