Be label savvy
Learn how to apply what you read on food labels. Go beyond calorie and fat counts to make healthier all-around choices. For example, “Percent DV” (for “daily value”) indicates whether a food is high or low in nutrients, such as fiber and calcium. Foods are considered high in a nutrient if they have a 20 percent DV or higher. They’re low in a nutrient if they have 5 percent or less.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration offers information about understanding food labels. Read up