It is always important to know what you are eating, and thanks to the FDA, we have the chance to look at what nutrients are in the food we eat through their nutrition labels. According to the American Heart Association, this is what we should be looking at when we check food labels:
Remember that the daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie goal, so if you are trying to modify your calorie intake, you will need to adjust the percentage. Also, be aware of the servings. If you are having more than the serving suggest, that will also increase the amounts of the nutrients, fat, and calories.
When trying to limit or increase nutrients, the American Heart Association suggests having less than 56-78 grams a day, and getting 100% of the needed nutrients, as based on the 2,000 calorie goal. When you are aware of what the nutrition label says, you become a savvy shopper, and a healthy eater. So the next time you pick up a packaged item, look at its nutrition label, and see what you find out about it.