(HealthDay News) -- Most packaged foods have an ingredient label, which can provide invaluable nutritional information about the product.
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The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists offers this advice to help you understand food labels:
- Review the serving size, which shows you how many servings of the product are in the package.
- Pay attention to the "calories per serving" line to figure out how many calories you'll take in from each serving.
- Check the total amount of fat, as well as the amount of saturated fat and trans fat. These ingredients can elevate your risk of high cholesterol and heart disease.
- The label should have a line that specifies the nutrients found in the food you're about to eat.
- Examine the "percent daily values" information, which tells you how much of the daily recommended amount of each nutrient is included in the product.
-- Diana Kohnle
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