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August 3, 2022
Brandi Silver

This is Brandi Silver, FCS agent with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center. Our program today is about being mindful of the foods you select at the grocery store.

The nutrition facts label is a trustworthy source of information. There are no confusing marketing tactics allowed on this label. Once you know how to decipher the label you will know exactly what you are putting into your body.

You want to begin with the serving size located at the top of the label. This will tell you how many servings are in the container and how much of the package is one serving, which is what the nutrition label is based on.

Then, you will check the calories. The updated nutrition label is required to have this printed in a larger font than the remainder of the label. Remember, the calories listed is one serving from the package.

Under the calories you will find saturated fat, trans fat cholesterol, sodium and added sugar. Limit these nutrients because they are known to increase your risk of certain chronic diseases.

The good stuff is listed at the bottom of the nutrition label. Getting enough dietary fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals can improve your overall health. Check those labels the next time you are shopping and make healthy choices.

This has been Brandi Silver with the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Burke County Center. For more information, contact us 764-9480 or you can check us out on the web at