Applying Nutrition Label Facts To Your Daily Diet

Your nutrition needs change as you get older including needing less calories because your activity and metabolism have slowed down.

Making good food choices may feel overwhelming. The good news is with a bit of knowledge, you can take control of what you eat to stay on the path to good health as you age. In general, you should eat foods that give you plenty of nutrients without too many excess calories. These include foods low in cholesterol and fat, such as fruits and vegetables, plus whole grains, like oatmeal, whole-wheat bread, and brown rice. Avoid empty calories like chips, candy, baked goods, soda, and alcohol.

To make even better food choices for a positive impact on your health, one of the best places to start is the Nutrition Facts Label. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires the label on all packaged foods and beverages.

Here are the definitions of the key terms on food labels and how they can help you make healthy choices about the foods you eat.

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