Health Options: Understanding Food Labels

Manufacturers of most prepacked foods are required to provide items of important information on food labels. Labels must give the name of the food; a list of ingredients; its weight; how long the food can be kept and how to store it; how to cook and prepare it; the name and address of the maker, packer, or seller of the food; sometimes the place of origin.

Making choices

A food label should give a list of ingredients along with a breakdown of the nutrients so that you can see exactly what the food contributes to your diet. This information enables you to compare similar products and to choose foods according to your dietary needs.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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