Harvard Health Letter

Get to know your food labels

You can ignore the carb counts, but pay strict attention to serving size, calories, and fat types.

One of the keys to making better choices in your diet is learning to read a food label—not marketing promises such as "high fiber" and "heart healthy," but the Nutrition Facts label. It takes a little know-how, so we turned to Kathy McManus, director of the Department of Nutrition for Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital.

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