How to read a nutrition facts label

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Are you ever confused when you look at a nutrition facts label?

This is a great example from http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ConsumerInformation/ucm078889.htm on the breakdown of a food label.

Quick points to remember:

  • Always look at serving size and serving size per container!  (Did you know a frozen pot-pie will usually serve 2!!! – who will eat just half?  aaahhhh!)
  • No more than 20% of saturated fat and sodium
  • Keep trans fat to as low as possible. Trans fats raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and lower your good (HDL) cholesterol levels.  The American Heart Association recommends less than 2 grams of trans fats a day. http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=3045792
  • Go for fiber! Shoot for 25 to 35 grams a day!
  • Go nutrients! Always nice to obtain essential nutrients to keep your body healthy!

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