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Label Reading

Ever wondered what “low fat” or “sodium free” and other claims on a label actually mean? Ever seen a label boldly stating a food reduces the risk of heart disease or cancer? These are actually tightly regulated nutrition claims that food manufacturers must apply for in order to use them on their labels.

A nutrition facts table provides you with information about calories and at least 13 other core nutrients that your body would obtain by consuming that food. The amounts declared are based on a “reference amount” of the food, shown near the top or left of the table.

Information on a label is there to help you make informed decisions about the food you choose to provide for you and your family. Food labels make it easier for us to compare products as well as increase or decrease certain ingredients or nutrients. Becoming a label reader can also make it easier for you to manage certain health concerns, even some diseases.