There are 2 main types of nutrients: Macronutrients and Micronutrients 

Getting adequate nutrition is the cornerstone of good health .

Listed below are some symptoms that indicate you aren’t getting adequate nutrition.

  • Fatigue: Protein energy, Iron and Some B vitamins.
  • Loss of appetite: This is mostly associated with deficiency in Zinc.
  • Pale Appearance: This is due to lack of Iron, Folate and (OR) vitamin B12 leading to anemia. 
  • Poor vision: A lack of vitamin A can cause the sharpness of sight to deteriorate over time.
  • ‍♀Skin disorder (dermatitis): This is caused by low level of Niacin (Vitamin B3). 
  • Delay in Healing: This may be due to lack of vitamin C which is responsible for tissue repair and vitamin K for blood clotting. 
  • Bone pain: Deficiency in vitamin D can be the reason you are feeling pains in the bones.
  • Dental Problems: Lack of vitamin C can result in gum bleeding and inflammation (gingivitis). 

The best way to prevent all these symptoms is with adequate diet. 

All symptoms listed above can be prevented with an adequate diet, that consist of fruits , vegetables , whole grains , lean protein , healthy oil, legumes and nuts will provide you with all the nutrients your body need.

Knowing how much energy or calorie you’re eating is important especially if weight loss is your aim . Food label is a panel found on a package of food which contains a variety of information about the food item. 

The importance of Food labels
  • ✔Help protect public health and safety by displaying information and warning statements.
  • ✔Tell you if the food contains an additive or allergen that you want to avoid.
  • ✔Allow you to compare similar products and choose the one that suits your needs.
  • ✔Advise when to use it by, how to store and prepare it, what it is made of, its size and weight, and the manufacturer’s contacts.
  • ✔Nutritional information of the food

An important part of the food label is the Nutritional information panel (NIP)

Nutritional Information Panel is a legal requirement on most packaged foods. Though most people don’t read them (or don’t fully understand them), these panels tell you everything you need to know about what you’re eating — so it’s worth becoming that Person who blocks the supermarket aisle poring over them.

Why read a panel ‍♀ ‍♀?

The nutrition information panel (NIP) tells you the quantity of various nutrients a food contains per serving size, as well as per 100 g or 100 ml. 

Standard Information on most NIP include :
  • Serving size
  • Number of calorie
  • Grams of fat (total fat,  saturated fat )
  • Included nutrients, 
  • A list of ingredients.

Many of us are eating almost twice the amount of calories, fat or salt (sodium) that we need for good health largely because it’s hidden in many of the foods we eat. Check out NIP

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