Reading Food Labels [A Health Power Tip Sheet]

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To Shop Smart and Eat Healthy, Always Read the Food Labels.

In addition to helping food shoppers to make good food choices, food labels also help shoppers to make quick comparisons among various food products.


Special Tips for Reading Food Labels:

Most packaged foods in grocery stores have labels that give nutrition information, usually called “Nutrition Facts”.  For each serving, the Nutrition Facts on the label usually give the following information:


–      Serving size

–      Number of servings per container

–      Amount of Total Fat and Saturated fat

–      Amount of Cholesterol

–      Amount of Sodium

–      Total Carbohydrate including Fiber and Sugars

–      Amount of Protein

–   Amount of Different Ingredients


The ingredients are always listed in the order of the amount in the product.

For example, the ingredient with the largest amount is listed first, the ingredient listed second has the second largest amount, and so forth.


Importance of Serving Size


If a person eats two servings, or twice the amount of a serving size, the amount of each ingredient on the label needs to be doubled.


Foods that are packaged in very small containers, or made by small manufacturers, may not have labels.


For more information, visit Health Power’s Food and Fitness Channel, and the following Tip Sheets:


Cooking Good & Eating Healthy

The Smart Diet

Cholesterol Lowering

Fighting Fat in Foods




Which of the first five food ingredients above do you consider most important to limit, and why?

Have you noticed the serving sizes on packaged foods?  Do you think they are the right amount, i.e., is that what you would eat?


 Remember, Knowledge + Action = Power!(c)


To Your Good Health, Physically, Mentally and Spiritually,

Dr. Goodwin

Founder and President

Health Power for Minorities

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