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Nutrition Facts Label


Nutrition Facts label

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), http://www.fda.gov.

You will find this label on most foods.

The Nutrition Facts label allows you to compare similar foods or to check whether the food is a good source of a nutrient. The % Daily Value section can tell you whether a food is high or low in a particular nutrient. If you want to limit a certain nutrient (such as saturated fat or sodium), choose foods with a lower % Daily Value.

Serving sizes of similar foods are the same on all Nutrition Facts labels, to make comparing foods easier. There may be more than one serving in each container. This can make a difference when you are watching your calories and nutrients. The % Daily Value is based on 2000 calories a day. You may need more or less than 2000 calories a day. You can see how many calories you need each day at www.choosemyplate.gov.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerRhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Last RevisedJanuary 25, 2013

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