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How to Read Nutrition Labels

Posted on 03/7/2017

How to Read a Nutrition Label – Video Transcript

Hi, I’m Rene Ficek, registered dietitian nutritionist. March is National Nutrition Month and if you’re interested in eating healthy, one of the best things you can do is learn how to read a nutrition label. So educate yourself, but do not fall for these common label reading mistakes.

Make Sure You Understand Serving Size

First, many consumers do not understand serving size. The nutrition fact panel is based on one serving, however, many portions of bags, cans, and boxes have multiple servings in them so you have to take the nutrition fact panel and multiply it by that number servings.

Pay Close Attention to the Ingredients

Next, many consumers are not careful ingredient readers. Do you actually know what you are eating? Read thoroughly through the ingredients and familiarize yourself with harmful ingredients such as hydrogenated oil, artificial colors and artificial sweeteners. 

Do Not be Fooled by Deceptive Claims

Lastly, do not be fooled by claims such as ‘fat-free’ or ‘sugar-free’. These claims do not equate to healthier food. Food manufacturers take certain nutrients out and then put other ingredients back in, oftentimes at the expense of the consumer.

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