Secrets From Inside Nutrition Facts Labels
How to use nutrition facts on packaged food for your diet and health.
Use Nutrition Labels to Help Set Your Priorities
Because it's easy to feel overwhelmed, determine which information is most
important to you. If weight is a problem, total calories are a priority, for
example. If not, you don't need to worry about them.
"If you have high blood pressure or a family history of hypertension,
zero in on sodium levels," says Goldberg. Be especially alert to the
information on nutrition panels when you're shopping for a new item. "That
way you can compare a variety of brands and make the best choice for your own
requirements," says Goldberg.
Will label reading really make you healthier? Studies show that people who
pay attention to nutrition labels do tend to eat lower-fat diets and get more
fiber and iron.