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					Nutrition Labeling and Weight Control
The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service

Nutrition Labels Vital for weight control  Emphasize nutrients that we eat in excess  Help compare similar foods
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Using nutrition labels effectively
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Focus on one or two nutrients at a time Compare similar products Use Daily Value (%DV) to tell if a food is a significant source of a nutrient
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less than 5% - poor source 10-19% - good source 20% or more – excellent source

Consider portion size
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Increase values listed if eat more Decrease values listed if eat less

Nutrition label not required for fresh food or restaurant food
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Voluntary information list near fresh food Restaurant nutrition information required only for menu items making a nutrition claim
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reduced or low fat reduced or low calorie

How to improve food selections
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Examine the labels of 1-2 food items at home Look for similar products in store Compare the nutrients of interest Try new product if better choice for your goals

Take Away Messages
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Read labels more often Focus on 1-2 nutrients Start with one of two products at home Look for better products at store Try new product if better nutritional value


				
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