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Read your nutrition labels!

Nutrition labels are on practically everything that we eat. But how often do you look at the nutrition label? Do you know what it all means?

Looking at a nutrition label is important to make sure you aren't eating too many calories, or eating too much sugar.

Here's a quick run down on what is on a nutrition label!

  1. Serving Information: This has the serving size for one serving and the servings for the entire container. This shows how much people typically eat or drink. It is also important to keep in mind that this is not a recommendation of how much you should eat or drink.

  2. Calories: This shows how much calories is in one serving. It is important to keep in mind the calories you eat in a day to make sure you're eating and drinking enough calories that your body uses.

  3. Nutrients: You can see the fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrates, proteins, and vitamins. It is recommended to limit saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars. It is also recommended to eat more foods with higher dietary fiber, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and potassium. There is also a percentage which is how much percent daily value (%DV) is recommended if you eat 2000 calories a day. You should talk to your doctor to see if the 2000 calories a day is recommended for you, and make adjustments according to that. The %DV for something may be higher, because you need to consume more calories than 2000 a day to keep your body going.

If you'd like to read more about nutrition labels, there are some resources HERE, HERE, and HERE!

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