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New Food Labels Make Food Choices Easier

Trying to figure out what is in various foods, including calories, fat, vitamins, and more, has always been frustrating for consumers. Thanks to new Federal regulations, it is becoming much easier to identify the content and nutritional value of most foods. The new food label system is required on almost all packaged foods.

In addition, words such as fat-free, low sodium, light, low cholesterol, and others now have strict guidelines and definitions that dictate how those terms can be used. For example, in order for the words "fat-free" to be used, the food must contain less than 1/2 gram of fat. Another big change is that the serving size for similar types of foods is to be the same, making comparisons easier for consumers.

These quick-reference tools – the Food Guide Pyramid, the sample food plan chart based on serving size and calorie levels, the serving size chart, and the new food labels – are all geared toward helping consumers make healthful food choices for themselves and their families.

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From Quick Meals for Healthy Kids and Busy Parents. Copyright 1995 by Sandra K. Nissenberg, Margaret L. Bogle, and Audrey C. Wright. All rights reserved. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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