How to Read Food Labels

LAST UPDATED: March 04, 2020

Be a smart shopper! With so many options available in the grocery store, it is hard to know which ones are the healthiest choice. Before making your food selection, take a few moments to read and compare the Nutrition Facts labels and the ingredient lists. The Nutrition Facts label can help you determine foods lowest in sodium and sugar, and those highest in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Ingredient lists are a great way to learn what is in a packaged food item. Foods and beverages that are minimally processed and contain whole-food ingredients are always the best choice. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and beverages with a fresh design that will make it easier for you to make informed food choices that contribute to lifelong healthy eating habits. 

What's new: Servings per container and serving size are now larger and bolder.

What's new: Calories are now larger and bolder.

What's new: The Daily Values for nutrients have been updated based on new scientific evidence.

What's new: Added Sugars is now required on the label.

What's new: Vitamin D and potassium are also required on the label because many Americans do not get the recommended amounts. 

Click here more information on the new and improved Nutrition Facts Label External Link

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