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Read the Food Label

Food labels can help you choose foods lower in sodium, as well as calories, saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol. The label tells you:

Number Of Servings
The serving size is one-half cup. The package contains about 3 servings.

Amount Per Serving
Nutrient amounts are given for one serving. If you eat more or less than a serving, add or subtract amounts. For example, if you eat 1 cup of peas, you need to double the nutrient amounts on the label.

Percent Daily Value
Percent Daily Value helps you compare products and tells you if the food is high or low in sodium. Choose products with the lowest Percent Daily Value for sodium.

Nutrients
You'll find the milligrams of sodium in one serving.

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