Helpful hints on reading those pesky food labels…

Bite into Nutrition

nutrion_reducedchunkFood labels provide a significant source of information about the nutritional value of foods we eat, and can be a tool in maintaining a healthy diet. The FDA has very strict guidelines that enforce how food label terms can be used. They are responsible for making sure that foods sold in the U.S. are safe, wholesome and properly labeled. This applies to foods produced domestically, as well as foods from foreign countries. For more on their requirements for food labeling, contents, and nutrition guidance, check out the FDA Guidance & Regulation site.

What isn’t often clear is the type of ingredients listed and what they mean. Sometimes it’s hard to identify certain ingredients that you want to reduce in your diet such as saturated and trans fats, sodium, added sugars and cholesterol.  To add to the confusion, some foods go by different names other than what we would expect, making…

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