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Nutrition Facts Matter: What Food Labels Mean, and Why They’re Changing

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October 18th, 2016

By Dr. Edward Group

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Do you pay attention to the ‘Nutrition Facts’ label when you buy food? You should. It’s not perfect, but it is an excellent resource for ensuring your body gets the right nutrients in the right amounts. The Nutrition Facts label should be one of the first things you check whenever you shop for food.

The Nutrition Facts label (or panel) provides information to consumers about the serving size, number of servings, calories, and nutrients of a particular food. These labels are organized into several distinct sections — serving size and calories, nutrients, and a footnote.[1] A list of ingredients is usually under or near the Nutrition Facts label, but is not technically part of the label itself. The nutrition label is required by law for most packaged food products in the United States. Many other countries require something similar with slight variations in format.

At first glance, the Nutrition Facts label may seem like a confusing jumble of numbers and nutrients. It can be more easily understood when you break the information down by section. Once you understand the Nutrition Facts label and the information it contains, you can make well-informed dietary decisions to improve your health through better nutrition.


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