Understanding Food labels

Understanding what you see on food labels could help you live a healthier lifestyle, but you have to know how to read them.

Registered Dietitians say when looking at any food label, you should first notice how many servings each package contains.

Heather Wallace, a Registered Dietitian says "a lot of people look at the serving size and don't think it pertains to the whole package, but it's acutally broken down into appropriate serving size."

She also says along with understanding the serving size, you should also look at how many calories each package contains.

According to the FDA, fats should count for no more than 30 percent of total calories a day.

Eating too much trans-fatty acids only increase the risk for heart disease and diabetes.

One way to better this is a low salt diet.

Kirby Godfrey, a Clinicial Dietitian says "when following a low salt diet, really we recommend about 24 hundred milligrams, which is about a teaspoon of salt."

For more healthy tips and how to start your own food tracking diary check out www.mypyramid.gov.