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Nutrition label help, please!

Postby Stray Dog » 02 Jun 2009, 15:13

Can anyone help me translate the nutrition label on food items? Which is sugar, fat, calories, etc.? I speak Chinese like a British native but can't read for toffee.

Thank you in advance!


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Re: Nutrition label help, please!

Postby Dragonbones » 02 Jun 2009, 15:18

You forgot to post a large, clear picture of the label.
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Re: Nutrition label help, please!

Postby Funk500 » 02 Jun 2009, 15:18

Stray Dog wrote:I speak Chinese like a British native but can't read for toffee




Maybe you should start reading for pleasure
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Re: Nutrition label help, please!

Postby irishstu » 02 Jun 2009, 16:12

Dragonbones wrote:You forgot to post a large, clear picture of the label.


He wrote three proper sentences. That's a lot to ask of Stray Dog.
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Re: Nutrition label help, please!

Postby Stray Dog » 02 Jun 2009, 17:39

Dragonbones wrote:You forgot to post a large, clear picture of the label.


The items on each label are pretty much the same (the numbers I can translate myself :bow: ).
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Re: Nutrition label help, please!

Postby Opihiman » 02 Jun 2009, 17:55

Two rules are all you need:

A. If it has a label, it has no nutrition.

B. If it has a stem, roots, or teeth, it does.
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Re: Nutrition label help, please!

Postby Dragonbones » 02 Jun 2009, 22:37

This is off a can of oatmeal I grabbed:

營養標示 yin2yang3 biao1shi4 Nutrition description

每一份量xx.x公克 mei3 yi1 fen4liang4 xx.x gong1ke4 Each portion xx.x grams
本包裝含 xx份 ben3 bao1zhuang1 han2 xx fen4 This package contains xx portions

熱量 ... xxx大卡 re4liang4... xxx da4ka3 Calories ... xxx kcal

蛋白質 dan4bai2zhi2 Protein ...grams

脂肪 zhi1fang2 or zhi3fang2, (total) fat
飽和脂肪 bao3he2 zhi1fang2, saturated fat
反式脂肪 fan3shi4 zhi1fang2, trans fat

膽固醇 dan3gu4chun2 cholesterol

碳水化合物 tan4shui3hua4 he2wu4 (total) carbohydrates

膳食纖維 shan4shi2 xian1wei2 dietary fiber
水溶性纖維 shui3rong2xing4 xian1wei2 soluble fiber

鈉 na4 sodium

Pls let me know if you see any typos or other errors and I'll fix them. :D
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Re: Nutrition label help, please!

Postby Stray Dog » 02 Jun 2009, 23:45

Great! That's a big help. Thanks, DB!

What's 'sugar'? I'm trying to cut down on the sweet stuff. :D
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Re: Nutrition label help, please!

Postby Dragonbones » 03 Jun 2009, 00:15

Sugar is 糖 tang2, but that only tends to get listed in the ingredient list, sometimes broken down or disguised, as in English, in its various forms (dried grape extract? Gimme a break!). Fortunately, just like with the -ose ending in English, you get a tang2 ending in Mandarin, so you can recognize them. It doesn't tend to get broken down in the nutritional info charts. Grabbing a jar of Skippy for instance, ingredient #2 is sugar, even before vegetable oil (no surprise if you've tasted it), but you won't see a breakdown in % or grams per portion.

Are you looking at any particular variety of product, or just trying to learn to read labels in general? You can customize your Mandarin study to ingredients and labels, if that's what you're interested in. Although there's a wide variety of ingredients in products, a huge amount of that is repeated, so you can quickly learn how to recognize palm oil, sugar, maltose, MSG and so on.

One of my biggest gripes with products here is the palm oil in all the crackers and baked stuff. So it's worth learning to recognize 棕櫚油 zong1lǚ3you2, palm oil, which contributes to heart disease.
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