How to Read a Food Label

A cheat sheet to help you make sense of calories, fats, sugars, fiber, and other nutritional pros and cons.
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How healthy is that food?

by Donna Fennessy

Overwhelmed by all those hard-to-pronounce words on the ingredient list? You're not alone. "The Nutrition Facts panel is experts-only stuff, useful just for those who have a degree in nutrition," observes Adam Drewnowski, PhD.

To get in and out of the store with your sanity intact, adds Caroline Kaufman, RDN, "have a game plan and know what you are looking for so you can quickly scan the label for the most important information." Here's what you should zero in on.

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