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How do I read the nutrition label?

Amy Jamieson-Petonic
Nutrition & Dietetics
A nutrition label can be confusing. The first thing I speak with clients about is to use the label as a tool for healthy eating. Try to keep your diet full of 100% whole grains, fruits and vegetables, low fat dairy, and healthy fats and lean protein. As for the label, look for products that are lower in fat (less than 3 grams per serving), lower in sodium (less than 500 mg per serving), 0 trans fats, and high in fiber (more than 5 grams per serving). A registered dietitian at www.eatright.org can help you as well. Good luck!
Vandana  R. Sheth
Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Always start by looking at the serving size
  • Check out the total calories and fat
  • Use the percent Daily values as a guide
  • Limit, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium
  • Get enough vitamins, minerals and fiber
  • Look at additional nutrients
  • Check the ingredient list
  • Understand the health claims
For more information on how to read a nutrition label visit eatright.org
 

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