Understanding how to read a nutrition label is very important for anyone dealing with a chronic kidney disease. The following article will teach you the basics of reading nutrition labels and enable you to make quick and easy choices that will contribute to your diet.
Remember: the number of servings you consume determines the number of calories you actually eat (your portion amount). For the example in the diagram, if you were to eat 1 serving, it would be 250 calories. If you were to eat 2 servings, it would be 500 calories.
In the diagram above, the label shows 250 calories in one serving of this macaroni and cheese, 110 calories which are coming from fat. If you were to eat 2 servings you would eat 500 calories, 220 calories coming from fat.
General Guide to Calories
This guide is based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Important: Health experts recommend that you keep your intake of saturated fat, trans fat and cholesterol as low as possible as part of a nutritionally balanced diet, especially for CKD patients!
Benefits of Dietary Fiber in a CKD diet:
Remember: You can use the Nutrition Facts label not only to help limit those nutrients you want to cut back on but also to increase those nutrients you need to consume in greater amounts.
Note: the * in this section of the label. It refers to the Footnote in the lower part of the label, which tells you "%DVs (daily values) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet". This statement must be on all food labels.
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you the percentage of each nutrient in a single serving, in terms of the daily recommended amount. As a guide, if you want to consume less of a nutrient (such as saturated fat or sodium), choose foods with a lower % DV — 5 percent or less. If you want to consume more of a nutrient (such as fiber), seek foods with a higher % DV — 20 percent or more.