What are some important facts found on a nutrition label?


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Some of the important facts that can be learned about a food product from its nutrition label are the serving size, the number of servings in the package, the ingredients and the amount of calories and nutrients in a serving. Nutrition labels indicate the various nutrients that can be found in a product serving by their weight in grams and, listed to the right of the gram amount, the percentage of that nutrient's recommended daily value found in a serving. Depending on the size of the label, it may also list the overall recommended daily intake values for various nutrients.

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When reading a nutrition label, it should be kept in mind that the values given are for a single serving only. If, for example, the nutrition label on a can of beef stew states that the number of calories is 350, and the number of servings in the can is listed as two, consuming the whole can represents an intake of 700 calories. This also applies to the amounts of the other nutrients listed, such as sugar, fat and cholesterol.

The nutrition label's ingredient list notes the product's ingredients in descending order by weight, from the greatest degree to the least. Ingredient lists which include sugars such as corn syrup, dextrose, maltose, sucrose or fruit juice concentrate in the first few ingredients indicate that the product contains a significant amount of added sugar. Consumers who are concerned about their daily intake of sugar will usually pay special attention to the positioning of sweeteners in the nutrition label's ingredient list.

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