Eating For Life Program

Nutrition Facts

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Nutrition facts food labels.

Understanding Nutrition Facts on food labels can help you make informed food choices. Here are tips on understanding what’s in your food:

1. Read the food label for the percent daily value of key nutrients, and look for added sugars under the Total Sugars heading on the new food label.

2. Pay attention to the serving size and number of servings per container so that you can calculate your total nutrient intake.

3. When comparing different brands of the same food item, be sure to look at the types of fat and amount of fiber per serving.

There’s a new, updated Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods that can make it easier to make informed food choices.

The new food label will be phased in slowly over the next few years.

Changes include:

  • Servings sizes that reflect what people actually eat and drink
  • The amount of added sugars, and the nutrients Vitamin D and potassium
  • The % Daily Value (DV) which is based on a daily diet of 2000 calories, and calculations for the servings are based on the % Daily Value. 
  • And remember to keep your total daily calories from added sugar to 10% or less.

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