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Food Labels

Another way to make healthy food choices is to read food labels. Here is a short guide for what to look for on a typical label.

Serving Size: The information on the label is for one serving. Eat more than one serving and you get more calories and nutrients.

Calories: Choosing foods lower in calories could help you maintain or achieve a healthy weight.

Total Fat: Choose foods with less than 3 grams of saturated plus trans-fat combined per serving, and less than five grams of total fat.

Sodium: Look for foods that are low in sodium. You should consume less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily (or the limit set by your health care provider). Pay close attention to canned foods and frozen dinners, which tend to have high levels of sodium.

Dietary Fiber: Include foods with 5 or more grams of dietary fiber per serving. Aim to consume at least 25 grams of fiber daily.