Understanding Nutritional Labels In 5 Easy Steps

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You hear it all the time: read food labels! But what does all that nutritional information actually mean? Here are some quick tips to help you interpret the labels so you can make healthy choices:

1. First look at the Serving Size and the Servings per Container. This will help you identify the right portion size. For instance, if the label says there are 2 servings per container, only eat half of what’s in the container!

2. Notice the total number of Calories per Serving. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that for every 100 calories, there are no more than 3 grams of fat.

3. Limit these: total fat (including saturated and trans fat), cholesterol, and sodium.

4. Get plenty of these nutrients: fiber, vitamins, calcium, and don’t forget iron.

5. Use the % Daily Value to determine what is a high or low number for your daily diet. A % Daily Value of 5% or less is low, while 20% or more is high.

Catherine Mendez

Catherine Mendez is the Editorial Assistant at Lucille Roberts. With a B.A. in Journalism from Quinnipiac University, writing is her calling. A born New York City gal, Catherine is a social media lover and runner (when it’s warm out). A magazine hoarder, hopeFUL romantic, and avid list maker, she is looking to polish up her yoga skills. Catherine never parts with her iPhone so follow her: @cathjmendez

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