What to Look for When Reading Food Labels

Have you ever sat and sleepily read the nutrition label on a cereal box while you’re eating breakfast? Most of us have at some point in our lives, but we should really be reading nutrition labels every time we go to the grocery store. With the growing number of people who are overweight or obese in America, it is now more important than ever that we educate ourselves about the foods that we are eating and their nutritional content.

There is no better place to start educating oneself about the nutritional values of foods than with food nutrition labels. Many people, however, don’t know how to properly interpret the information contained in food labeling. Many food labels are also misleading or confusing, trying to hide less healthy ingredients and additives, for example.

Here are the parts of a food label that you should pay careful attention to:

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