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NESTLE NUTRITION TALK: Food labels: Read! Compare! then buy!

Published:Wednesday | June 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Has this happened to you? You are at the supermarket shelf bombarded with a wide array of products all dressed in their finest packages, your mouth waters, your eyes bulge and your mind gets caught in a whirlpool of confusion not knowing the best food choice to make.

Without a doubt, making healthy food choices can be baffling, but the first rule of thumb is to read and understand food labels comparing their percentage daily value and ingredients before you buy.

The ingredients are usually listed in order of weight from the highest to the lowest, which means the food contains more of the ingredients found at the beginning and less of those found at the end.

SERVING SIZE

The information on the nutrition facts label is based on one serving, but be mindful that many packages contain more. If you buy a 20-ounce package of potato chips with a serving size of five ounces and you decide to eat the entire pack in one go, you will be consuming four times the amount of each nutrient on the pack, including calories, fats and sodium.

PERCENTAGE DAILY VALUE

The percentage daily value found on the nutrition facts table will tell you if there is a little or a lot of any nutrient in your food. As a rule of thumb ? five per cent is too little and 15 per cent is too much. To make a nutritious food choice, choose foods with less sodium, saturated and trans fat and foods with more vitamins, minerals and fibre.

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COMPASS

To help you make better, more informed choices, Nestlé developed a fact-based back-of-pack information panel on almost all its packages ? Nestlé Nutritional Compass. It provides you with easy-to-understand nutrition information to better guide your food choices for every member of your family.

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