Harvard Health Letter

Get to know your food labels

Nutrition Facts labels can help people make better choices about the food they eat. To read a label, consumers are advised to take note of serving size and calories per serving; to ignore calories from fat, which has no direct relationship to health; to ignore total fat and instead look at the types of fat; to note sodium and cholesterol content; to disregard total carbohydrate counts; to pay attention to protein and nutrients; and to ignore percent daily values and pay attention instead to individual calorie needs.
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