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How to Read a Nutrition Label

Reading a nutrition label is no easy task! There are many components that are important to check:

  1. Serving size — Serving sizes are standardized to make it easier to compare similar foods. Be aware of how many servings you are eating.  
  2. Calories — Calories equal how much energy you get from one serving. However, it is important to limit calories from fat. The average age person needs 2,000 calories a day.
  3. Nutrients you should try to reduce — Reduce or limit saturated fats, sodium (salt), cholesterol and trans fats. The FDA considers 5% or less low and more than 20% high.
  4. The good nutrients you want! — Increase or maintain calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C and iron in your diet. The FDA considers 5% or less low and more than 20% high.
  5. Footnote — The % Daily Value is based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily calorie intake may be higher or lower depending on how much energy you burn.

There are many nutrients that are essential to better bone health.

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