Making healthier food choices is as easy as learning to read food labels.
Nutrition information is found on packaged foods and includes the Nutrition Facts table, the ingredient list, and nutrition claims.
In this section you’ll find information to help reduce your risk of nutrition-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and some types of cancer. Learn how to understand and use the Nutrition Facts table, ingredient list, and nutrition claims to make healthier food choices for you and your family.
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Explore the Nutrition Facts table
The Nutrition Facts table gives you information on the how much of the 13 core nutrients and calories are in a serving of food. Use this information and the % Daily Value to choose and compare food products for a healthier you.
How does the % Daily Value work?
The % Daily Value is a tool to help you see if a specific amount of food has a little or a lot of a nutrient. The daily values for vitamins and minerals are based on the highest recommended intakes for each age and sex group.
Food companies have to put the ingredient list on packaged foods, from most to least. This means that the food contains more of the ingredients at the beginning of the list and less of the ingredients at the end of the list.
Nutrient content claims: what they mean
Confused by claims like “fat free”, “no added sugar”, or “low sodium”? Find out what those terms – and others like them – actually mean.
Interactive tool: interactive nutrition label
By exploring this interactive guide, you can learn how to use nutrition information to make more informed choices.
Interactive tool: how to choose
Follow some simple steps to see if some of the foods you eat contain the nutrients your body needs.
Interactive tool: amount of food
Use this tool to help understand how the amount of food and the nutrient information work together on nutrition labels—and to tell you whether you are getting a little or a lot of calories and nutrients.
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