Category: Lifesum


High nutritional value – Lifesum guide

What is it?Any foods with high amounts of essential vitamins and minerals get this label in the food rating.Why do we need high nutritional value?These vitamins and minerals are needed for a lot of functions, such as blood clotting, bone density, sight, skin, and mucous

Processed foods – Lifesum guide

What are they?There are different layers in the definition of processed food. When the food gets this label in our app it’s because we believe it’s gone through some kind of alteration and has been combined with other ingredients such as sweeteners, spices, flavours, colours,

Cholesterol – Lifesum guide

What is it?A kind of fatty acid that is necessary for many body functions. Why do we need it?Cholesterol is a precursor for the biosynthesis of steroid hormones, bile acids, and vitamin D. Sometimes you talk about cholesterol as the good and the bad. The good

Potassium – Lifesum guide

What is it?It’s an essential element that is needed for nerve and muscle functions in the body. It also plays an important role in the acid-base balance.The recommendation is between 3.1-3.5 grams a day. Why do we need it?It is important for acid-base balance, nerve and

Sodium – Lifesum guide

What is it?It’s an essential element that, together with chloride, makes  household salt. Sodium and salt are often mistaken for being the same thing, which they are not. Sodium is a mineral that is one of the elements in salt. There are recommendations for both

Natural sugars – Lifesum guide

What are they?Natural sugars are carbohydrates split into different monosaccharides; with fructose and glucose being the most common examples. Natural sugars make up the sweetness we find in fruit and vegetables, as well as a lot of other foods, such as dairy products and root

Fiber – Lifesum guide

What is it?A kind of carbohydrate that is not absorbed through digestion, ending up as a probiotic in the colon. This is important for a well functioning gut and balanced intestinal flora, among other things.The recommended lower limit for a day is 30 grams . Why

Carbohydrates – Lifesum guide

What is it?Another macronutrient. Carbohydrates are the given name for starch, fiber and different sugars.Why do we need it?1 gram of carbohydrates gives 4 calories. Carbohydrates contains the energy our bodies use, mostly as glucose, in our cells. They are our most important energy source,

Protein – Lifesum guide

What is it?A macronutrient that among other things, is important for building muscles. Protein is built up of at least 20 amino acids.There are lots of different foods that contain protein such as salmon, nuts, eggs, and cottage cheese.Why do we need it?I gram of

Vegan / Vegetarian – Lifesum guide

A vegetarian is someone who does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or by-products of animal slaughter.Vegetarians are divided into these most common groups: Lacto-ovo vegetarians: Vegetarians who avoid all animal flesh, but do consume dairy and egg products. Lacto vegetarians: Vegetarians who