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Health Tip: Reading Food Labels

Health Tip: Reading Food Labels

12/05/13

(HealthDay News) -- Reading product labels can help you choose the healthiest foods.

The Womenshealth.gov website offers this advice about food labels:

  • Read the serving size and how many servings are in a container. Also note the number of calories per serving and calories from fat.
  • Read the percentage daily values, which tell you how much of the recommended daily intake of a particular ingredient you will receive from eating a portion of that food.
  • Read amounts of trans fat, saturated fat, total fat, cholesterol and sodium, avoiding foods with high amounts of these.
  • Opt for foods with high amounts of fiber.
  • Check for sufficient amounts of iron, calcium, potassium and vitamins A and C.
  • Opt for foods with high protein content that are low in fat.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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