Did you know you should look past fat grams when reading labels?

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:39 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 4:18 PM

When shopping at the store you may be looking at the nutrition facts on a label.

But did you know that you need to look past the fat grams and at the percent daily value?

Smart shoppers know how to check the nutrition facts panel for low-sodium foods or foods that are lower in saturated fat and Trans fats. But another important bit of information is the percent daily value.

The percent daily value or percent DV helps you figure out how a particular food fits into your daily meal plan. For example, a food containing 5% daily value of fat means that one serving contains 5% of the total amount of fat you should eat in a day, based on eating 2,000 calories. The FDA has strict guidelines on how certain food label claims are used.

For instance, "a good source" means a food contains 10 - 19% daily value of a particular nutrient per serving. And "high" means a food contains 20% or more of the daily value of a specified nutrient per serving.

Remember when buying products, look at the nutrition facts panel for lower percent DV numbers on saturated fats and Trans fats, and higher percent DV numbers for vitamins and fiber.

It's a quick and easy way to help plan a healthy overall diet.

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