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Why is it important to read food labels?

Toby Smithson
Nutrition & Dietetics

Food labels serve as a guide to healthy eating. It is similar to a window looking into the food product. A food label will inform you about the contents (weight), the name of the food, the manufacturer, the ingredients, the nutrition facts, and also any common allergens in the product. Food labels offer you a tool to make healthy food choices by choosing nutrient rich foods and keeping your calories low if you are struggling with weight management.

Federal law governs the key words, health claims, and nutrition facts that appear on a food product label. This makes food labels a trustworthy and highly valuable resource for heart-healthy eating. Always read food labels and packaging carefully.

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