Nutrients, Fats, Sugars and More – It’s All on the Food Label

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(ARA) – When it comes to packaged foods, many Americans find it difficult to evaluate the quality and nutritional value of food items sold in cans, plastic containers and paper boxes.

To ensure that you’re selecting products that fit your personal nutrition goals, follow these tips from Dr. Idamarie Laquatra, a registered dietitian and director of Global Nutrition at Heinz:

* Claims like “high in fiber,” “rich in calcium” or “excellent source of vitamin C” mean one serving provides at least 20 percent or more of the recommended daily amount of the specified nutrient. “Good source of” means an item contains 10 to 19 percent of the recommended daily amount per serving.

* “Reduced” or “less” mean that the item has 25 percent less of a nutrient than the usual product.

* “Fat free” products must have less than half a gram of fat per serving. Products advertising that they are “low” in fat must have three grams or less of fat per serving.

* Carefully read product labels on a continual basis to ensure that your favorite products remain free of allergens. Heinz has a commitment to using pure ingredient lists in its brands, which can help you to eat healthier without worrying about allergic reactions.

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