How to Read a Nutrition Label

Here’s a guide to help you understand what everything on a nutrition label means

You should always check nutrition labels, and, more importantly, know how to read them.

Every packaged food item has one — a rectangular white label that tells you the nutrition facts you need to know about a particular food. Attached to the back of a food item, a nutrition label tells you how healthy or unhealthy a food item is.

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To help you decide whether you should include certain foods in your diet, a nutrition label includes details like which nutrients and how many of each are in a serving of food, as well as how each nutrient contributes to your daily dietary requirements.

Nutrition labels contain dietary information that can affect your short-term and long-term health. In order to maintain a healthy diet, it’s important to know how to read them so that you avoid consuming foods that could be harmful to your health, and nutrition labels can be confusing.

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If you’re not sure how to read a nutrition label, we're here to help. We've created a guide that explains what everything listed on a nutrition label means, starting from the top of the label and down to the bottom, helping you stay informed and healthy.