How To Read A Nutritional Label


As many of you know, I often talk about reading nutritional labels in the office so that you know exactly what you are putting into your bodies.  With that in mind I have taken a sample label from the website of the “American Dietetic Association” website.  (Let me apologize in advance the quality of the scanned image is not the best!).  In addition to the label are some questions and pointers of things to consider when you are looking at the label, after all looking at tthe label doesn’t help much if you don’t know what you are looking at!  I’ve also added a few pointers of my own, for you to consider.  My nutritionist (Lisa) has copies of this label in the office, please ask her for one, and also to go over anything that might not be clear to you.

Also in today’s missive is a link to a you tube video which I thought some of you might find amusing and even a little helpful…it shows you a whole new way to peel a is 1 minute 49 seconds long, but I think you’ll find it worthwhile.

Last, but not least I wanted to let everyone know about our support group meeting this wednesday and also our free informational seminar for any and all new patients interested in bariatric surgery, which will also be this wednesday in my office…(did I mention it was FREE!!)

Nutrition Informational Label

Soa couple of things I want to emphasize are: How many servings in thepackage and how many calories per serving.  For instance if we look atthe label here you see 90 calories per serving (not bad right?)….butthe container has FOUR servings…so if you eat the entire containeryou just consumed 360 calories (Yikes!).  If you are trying to stayunder 1000-1200 calories per day, that 360 calories is a about 1/3 ofyour total calories for the day.  That might be OK if that is a meal,or part of a meal, but not for a “snack”.

My intention is that this act as a springboard for discussion either when you are in the office seeing me or Lisa.


I will be having a free informational seminar at the Millburn office on Wednesday (the 20th) starting at 6:30 pm.  It is open to anyone who is interested in finding out about bariatric surgery.  The address is 225 Millburn Ave, Suite 204 for those of you who don’t know…just follow the green balloons!

Support Group

Our Support Group for patients who had surgery over one year ago will be on Wednesday at the Ambulatory Care Center, 200 South Orange Ave, Livingston NJ starting at 6 pm.

You Tube video of the week (thank you Ms. Gnarra!) “How to peel a boiled potato”

As always, thanks for reading and trusting me with your healthcare,
Michael Bilof

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