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Health Tip: Reading Food Labels

Note serving sizes and percentage daily values

(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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