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Reading A Food Label

Author: Patricia M. Ruiz, DNP, APN

Posted in: Health Tips

A pen over a Nutritional Information label.

You probably already use the Nutrition Facts label in some way—maybe to check calories, fat or salt content. But the more familiar you are with the information, the more you’ll want to use it daily to ensure you’re eating a healthy, balanced diet. Use the label when you food shop, as you choose foods at the campus eateries, and as you cook each day. The label makes it easy to determine the amounts of nutrients you’re getting and to compare one product to another. Strive for a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products. Include lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, and nuts. Choose foods that are low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, salt, and added sugar.

For more information:


  1. Read the ingredients and look for sugars
  2. Look at the nutrition label – Macaroni and Cheese for example:
    nutrition label fro macaroni and cheese