Information about label nutrition facts such as the ingredient list and the Percent Daily Value (%DV), as well as interactive tools for healthy eating.
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General food labels tips
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.
An amount of food - also known as the serving size - is listed at the top of the Nutrition Facts table. All of the information in the Nutrition Facts table is based on the amount of food listed.
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.
Nutrition claims (including nutrient claims and health claims) must follow certain rules to make sure that they are consistent and not misleading. These claims are optional and may be found on some food products.
Confused by claims like "fat free", "no added sugar", or "low sodium"? Find out what those terms - and others like them - actually mean.
Some of the foods you buy will include claims directly related to your health - for instance, "reduced risk of heart disease" or "reduced risk of high blood pressure". Companies making these claims must meet certain standards.
The Percent Daily Value (% DV) can help you choose foods that are healthier for you. The % DV is found on the right-hand side of the Nutrition Facts table.
Food labels are found on packaged foods. They provide information on nutritional value, ingredients, and nutrition claims. Reading these labels will help you make healthier food choices.
By exploring this interactive guide, you can learn how to use nutrition information to make more informed choices.
Once you've taken a tour around our interactive nutrition label: Get the Facts, why not test your knowledge by taking our interactive nutrition label Quiz.
Follow some simple steps to see if some of the foods you eat contain the nutrients your body needs.
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.
Use this interactive tool to learn how the Nutrition Facts table can help you compare food products and make a better choice for you.
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