last week’s Trax News, I stated that “We are what we
eat and what we don’t eat”. So, how do we know what
to avoid and what to select for ourselves and our
According to the United States Food and Drug
Administration (FDA), it all starts with the NFL!
Not the National Football League, but rather, the
Nutrition Facts Label (NFL).
People look at food labels or NFLs for different
reasons. But whatever the reason, many of us would
like to know how to use this information more
effectively and easily to maintain and/or improve
next series of Trax News articles will focus on how
to use NFLs to make quick, informed food choices
that contribute to a healthy diet while lowering the
risks of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular
start with an Overview of the NFL structure and
The information in the main
or top sections (#1,2,3,4 &
6) of the Nutrition Facts
Label (NFL) can vary with
each food product.
These sections contain
The colored sections on the
example NFL are visual aids
to focus your attention in
those area that will be
explained in detail in
future Trax News articles.
The bottom section (#5)
contains a footnote with
Daily Values (DVs) for 2,000
and 2,500 calorie diets.
This footnote provides
information for important
Next week we will focus on the Section
"Serving Size" and Number of Servings in