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Understanding Food Labels

Understanding Food Labels

How to understand a food label

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Available online: http://www.fda.gov.

The Nutrition Facts label is one part of a food label. Other important parts include the front panel, which may tell you whether nutrients have been added (such as "calcium-fortified" on an orange juice label), and the ingredients list, which lists ingredients in descending order by weight.

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Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator
Last Revised January 25, 2013

Last Revised: January 25, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Rhonda O'Brien, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator

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