Please explain the Nutritional Analysis listed at the bottom of each recipe. How much of each item mentioned is on or below the recommended level? —M.H., Phelpston, Ontario
The nutritional analysis (or Nutrition Facts) at the end of each recipe gives you the breakdown for calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, fiber and protein. The amounts stated are for one serving.
If you don't know how many grams of fat, calories, etc. you should consume each day, check the Daily Nutrition Guide provided in the magazine.
For instance, one serving of stir-fry recipe may have 400 calories, 10 g fat, etc. From the Daily Nutrition Guide, you'll learn that if you are a woman over 50, that amounts to about 20% of your total calories and 15% of the daily fat allowance.
Obviously, the recipe would fit very well into your daily intake, assuming you'll be having two more meals and a healthy snack. But remember, it's your total food intake, not just one dish, that makes up a balanced diet.