Read the fine print

Picture of nutrition facts from video about how to read food labels

Eating healthy means choosing lots of different types of food throughout the day to get the nutrients you need, such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber, and — yes — even fat. So how do you figure all this out? Thank goodness for food labels!

Labels give you information that can help you choose foods that are part of an overall healthy eating plan. Knowing how to read food labels is especially important if you have health conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, and need to follow a special diet. It also makes it easier to compare similar foods to see which is a healthier choice.

By knowing what to look for on the label, you can identify what’s important for your health needs. The more practice you get reading food labels, the better you can become in using them as a tool to plan healthy, balanced meals. Take a closer look at food labels with this video and get tips on what you should be looking for when reading food labels.

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