Food Labels


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The information found
on a food label can help
you make food choices that
are best for your health.

The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 set into motion new standards for the labeling of nutrition information on food products. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), this law mandates that almost all packaged foods display a Nutrition Facts panel that details specific nutrition information.

The law also authorizes the use of nutrient content claims (such as low fat or high fiber) and FDA-approved health claims that link food or food components with reducing the risk of disease, including coronary heart disease.

Food labels provide a wealth of information that you can use to compare food products and choose nutritious foods that benefit your health. See the next page for tips on how to read a food label.

For more information about nutritious eating, see:

  • Eating Healthy: A balanced diet that includes a variety of foods is great for maintaining good health. Find out which food choices work best in a healthy eating plan.
  • Choosing a Diet Program: Confused about which diet program is right for you? Get tips and guidelines that can help you choose.
  • Weight Loss: For many people, weight loss is an important goal. Explore the different methods of losing weight, and see which can work for you.

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