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Where can you find a diet nutrition chart?

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and What's Cooking America websites both publish nutrition charts. The nutrition charts from the FDA are downloadable and printable.

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What’s Cooking America divides its nutrition charts into sections starting with alcoholic beverages, beef, bread, cereal and cheese. The charts also list nutritional content for foods such as chocolate, condiments, dairy, eggs and fruits. The last section continues a large range of vegetables that include raw, canned and fresh varieties. Each item on the chart includes serving sizes, the carbohydrate and fat grams and the number of calories in each serving, with servings measured in size or weight. For instance, the chart lists two serving portions for broccoli, including one medium stalk and 1/2 cup chopped broccoli.

The website also provides a guide on how to read food labels. The FDA requires manufacturers to label foods with certain information such as the recommended serving size, amount per serving, total fat, total carbohydrates and total protein. On nutrition charts, the listed calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein and sodium are for a single serving size. For example, a food that lists a 4-ounce serving size that contains 280 calories and four servings per package really contains a total of 1,120 calories in a whole package.

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