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Nutrition Facts

Meet The Food Labels

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Meet The Labels!

Prior to 1990, most people would go to their local market and buy whatever they needed without turning the item around and looking for the nutrition label. Whether we needed green beans or corn or a can of soup, we made the decision on the brand, the size of the can, maybe the color or attraction of the label and the ingredient that we wanted. Poof !!! The Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990 changed everything! The NLEA provided the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) with specific authority to require nutrition labeling of most foods regulated by the agency. The NLEA required that all nutrients that were being claimed such as "low fat", or "high fiber", all heath claims and even percent of juice labeling should be consistent with the FDA regulations.

Now fast forward to 2009. Every time we go to the market, we pick up cans of beans, corn or soup or get a loaf of whole grain bread and on the back of the container (or bag) is a nutrition label telling us all of the ingredients and calories. We are bombarded with calories, fat grams, milligrams of sodium and fiber counts. What does all that label stuff really mean? Well here is a guide for you, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that will help to explain the label.

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