To eat a healthy
diet, you have to know about
what you eat. What basic
nutrients are in good supply?
Is there too much of some
nutrients, and too little
The US Food and Drug Administration's
(FDA) Nutrition Facts labels provide much
of the information you need. You'll find these
labels on every packaged food item sold in the
US. Some 30 years ago, Dick Van Dyke narrated
a short promotional film about the Nutrition Facts
label called, "Read the Label, Set a Better
Table." This easy-to-remember rhyme is
as true today as it was then.
see a sample Nutrition Facts label. The boxes
around it point to some of the most important
information on the label.
Use your computer's mouse to move
the pointer over these boxes; you'll see more
about how to get the most from the information
provided. Move your pointer over the label to
see a different sample label.