Health Tip: Reading Food Labels
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Note serving sizes and percentage daily values
By Diana Kohnle
(HealthDay News) -- Reading product labels can help you choose the healthiest foods.
The Womenshealth.gov website offers this advice about food labels:
- Read the serving size and how many servings are in a container. Also note the number of calories per serving and calories from fat.
- Read the percentage daily values, which tell you how much of the recommended daily intake of a particular ingredient you will receive from eating a portion of that food.
- Read amounts of trans fat, saturated fat, total fat, cholesterol and sodium, avoiding foods with high amounts of these.
- Opt for foods with high amounts of fiber.
- Check for sufficient amounts of iron, calcium, potassium and vitamins A and C.
- Opt for foods with high protein content that are low in fat.
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