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Nutrition Facts Label

Food Label from Mom's Best Naturals Sweetened Wheat-fuls CerealServing Size

  • The nutrition facts apply to the serving size on the label not all the food in the container typically or the portion you may normally eat
  • Be sure to double or triple the amounts on the label if you eat two or three times the serving amount on the label

Calories

  • 400 or more calories per serving of a single food item is high

Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium

  • Eat foods with 5% or less daily value
  • Try to limit consumption to 100% daily value or less for the day
  • 20-35% of total calories should come from fat
  • Choose foods with 3 grams or less of fat per serving and for a meal 3 grams or less per 100 calories
  • Less than 7% (15 grams on a 2,000 calorie meal plan) of fat from saturated fat per day
  • Choose foods with zero trans fat - look at the ingredients for hydrogenated fat
  • 300 milligrams or less per day of cholesterol for most healthy adults - reduce to 200 milligrams or less per day if LDL "bad" cholesterol is high
  • Eating less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day may reduce the risk of high blood pressure - may need less with specific chronic illnesses, race or age

Carbohydrates, Dietary Fiber, Vitamins and Minerals

  • Eat foods with 20% or more daily value
  • Be aware that 100% daily value may or may not be the optimal amount recommended for you. Consult with a registered dietitian and MD for appropriate amount needed
  • Total carbohydrates includes dietary fiber, sugars and other carbohydrates
  • 20-35 grams per day of dietary fiber is recommended for most healthy adults
  • Sugars include naturally occurring fruit and milk sugars, as well as sugars added to the food product. No Recommended Daily Allowance for sugar; suggested no more than 50 grams per day. Read the ingredients to see if sugar is coming from a fruit source.
  • Other carbohydrates include starches, organic acids and preservatives.

Ingredients

  • Listed in descending order by weight. The ingredients listed at the beginning of the list make up the majority of the product.
Last Updated: 09-08-2014
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