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Nutrition facts label can serve as a guide

Sep. 06, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

When grocery shopping, we focus on creating meals that are tasty and nutritional. To help accomplish this goal, the Nutrition Facts Label provides shoppers with valuable information about each packaged food product. Located on almost every product that we can purchase from our grocery store, this label provides consumers with the amount of calories and nutrients found in the product as well as a comparison to the Percent Daily Value.

By using the Nutrition Facts Label as a guide, we can make wiser food choices. For instance, many processed and canned foods include a large amount of sodium. By using the Nutrition Facts Label we can find foods that are higher in potassium, such as tomatoes, potatoes, bananas and orange juice, which helps cancel out the effects of high sodium intake. This label can also help identify fats in our foods and help to us to purchase food products that are low in saturated fats, trans fats and cholesterol. We can also stay away from unwanted sugars that may be hiding in some of our favorite foods.

The Nutrition Facts Label is an easy, quick guide to help us make great food choices for ourselves and our families. For more information, visit www.nhlbi.nih.gov.

Healthy Habits 2013 is a partnership among Cabell Huntington Hospital, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine and St. Mary's Medical Center. We are a community working together to improve our health. Our goal is a simple one: to inform and encourage area residents on ways to improve their health. Join our conversation and "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/healthyhabits2013.

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