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March is National Nutrition Month, which makes this a good time to learn about using the Nutrition Facts label to make healthy choices.
Most people in the U.S. don’t eat a healthy diet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most consume too much sodium, saturated fat and sugar, increasing their risk of chronic diseases.
The Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods is a tool created by the Food and Drug Administration to help consumers make healthy choices at the supermarket. This label on packaged foods and drinks lists total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrates, dietary fiber, total sugars, added sugars, protein, and certain vitamins and minerals.
The format of the Nutrition Facts label was updated in 2020, and changes included:
Reading labels and choosing healthy foods to buy is the first step to adopting a healthy diet. Be sure to include a variety of foods from the major food groups:
Connect with others talking about living well in the Healthy Living support group on Mayo Clinic Connect, an online patient community moderated by Mayo Clinic.
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