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Nutrition Symbols Decoded

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on Monday, 11 May 2015 in Health & Nutrition

usdaDo you find searching through the Nutrition Facts label to be a little overwhelming? You are not alone! Fortunately, many manufacturers and organizations have created a solution: a language of symbols that makes shopping for healthy and nutritious food choices easier than ever. Labeling systems are used to identify wholesome ingredients that have the potential to help improve our diets and reduce the risk of diet-related diseases.

 

What to Look For:

 

Heart Check. Heart-healthy foods that meet specific AHA criteria for total and saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, protein and dietary fiber.

 

Whole Grain Stamps. Basic Stamp: Contains at least eight grams (a half serving) of whole grains. 100% Stamp: Contains all whole grain ingredients and at least 16 grams or more per serving. You can find the stamp on whole grains like cracked wheat, oatmeal, brown or wild rice or products that contain these or other grains.

 

Nutrition Keys. Includes four nutrition essentials: calories, fat, sodium and sugar, which are four nutrients we should limit due to their contribution to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

 

USDA Organic. Contains at least 95 percent organically produced ingredients, excluding water and salt. In other words, this means no pesticides, fertilizers, hormones, antibiotics, radiation or genetic engineering were used during the production of the product.  

 

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