Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
You will find this label on most
foods. Use it as a guide to find fat, sodium, and sugars in foods.
The Nutrition Facts label is one part of a food label. Other important
parts include the front panel, which may tell you whether nutrients have been
added (such as "calcium-fortified" on an orange juice label), and the
ingredients list, which lists ingredients in descending order by weight.
The Nutrition Facts label allows you to compare similar foods or to check
whether the food is a good source of a nutrient. The % Daily Value section can
tell you whether a food is high or low in a particular nutrient. If you want to
limit a certain nutrient (such as saturated fat or sodium), choose foods with a
lower % Daily Value.
Serving sizes of similar foods are the same
on all Nutrition Facts labels, to make comparing foods easier.
Primary Medical Reviewer
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
July 1, 2011
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 01, 2011
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