Making the Most of the Nutrition Facts Label
Learning how to read and understand food labels can help you make healthier choices. Try these tips for making the most of the information on the Nutrition Facts label.
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EAT SMART with Food Nutrition Labels
The Nutrition Facts label can help you make healthier choices. Use it! Here’s what to look for:
- Start with serving information.
This will tell you the size of a single serving and how many servings are in the package.
- Check total calories per serving.
Do the math to know how many calories you’re really getting if you eat the whole package.
- Limit certain nutrients.
Try to keep saturated fat, trans fat and sodium as low as possible.
- Get enough of beneficial nutrients.
Eat foods with dietary fiber, protein, calcium, iron, vitamins and other nutrients your body needs.
- Quick guide to % Daily Value.
- The % Daily Value (DV) tells you the percentage of each nutrient in a single serving in terms of the daily recommended amount.
- To consume less of a nutrient (such as saturated fat or sodium), choose foods with a lower % DV – 5% or less.
- To consume more of a nutrient (such as fiber), choose foods with a higher % DV – 20% or more.
Article copyright © 2017 American Heart Association.