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It is important to read and understand nutrition fact labels so you can make healthy food choices. For people with diabetes or high blood pressure, food labels are an important tool that can help you decide if a product is a good fit for your meal or diet plan. Whether you are trying to limit your intake of carbohydrates for better blood sugar control or trying to reduce the total number of calories and fat grams you are eating in order to lose weight, it is important that you understand what is on a food label. This information will help you to make the best choices for a balanced and nutritious diet.
Nutrition Fact labels are located on the back or side of the packaging. This label is required by the government for most foods. Raw fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, and poultry are not required to have nutrition labels, but these foods often have a voluntary label.
A few quick facts to remember when reading food labels:
For a detailed explanation of how to understand and use the nutrition facts label, click on the link below. http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ConsumerInformation/ucm078889.htm
Before you make any dietary changes, be sure to consult a physician. In addition, if you have diabetes or chronic kidney disease, ask your clinician if you are eligible for Medical Nutrition Therapy consultation with a dietitian.