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How to Find the Nutritional Value of Foods

Nutrition Study Guide


Updated February 08, 2014

Calculate the nutritional value of your daily diet (including your calorie count) by using an online database. The United States Department of Agriculture maintains a nutritional value database called the National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. Diet and weight loss sites such as Calorie Count include programs that will calculate the nutritional value of your diet and also offer tools to track your daily intakes.

You can also get an idea of the nutritional value of packaged foods by reading the Nutrient Facts labels when you shop at your local grocery store. Nutrient Facts labels must include information about calories, fats, carbohydrates, some vitamins and minerals and serving size. If you're not sure what all the words and letters on the label stand for, I can help. Here's a look at abbreviations used in nutrition.


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