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What can you learn from food labels?

When a food comes in a package, look at the Nutrition Facts label and ingredient list on the package. Here are some things to look for:

Serving size.

All of the nutrition information on a food label is based on that serving size. So you’ll need to adjust the other numbers if you eat more or less.

Total carbohydrate.

The grams of sugar listed are included in the “Total Carbohydrate.”

Saturated fat and trans fat.

The lower the number of grams you eat, the better.


This comes from foods such as meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, peas, soy products, nuts, and seeds.


Many packaged and canned foods have a lot of sodium (salt).


This can help maintain a normal blood pressure.