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Nutrition Label Decoder Available for Wyomingites

August 20, 2010

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Every food item on the grocery store shelf has a nutrition label, but understanding what the percentages mean as far as making healthier food choices isn't so clear. That's why the American Heart Association (AHA) has a new online nutrition center to help Wyomingites decode those labels.

AHA-registered dietician Joan Enderle says along with the decoder is information to help folks set up a diet plan, which puts those nutrition numbers and percentages in context.

"A lot of times, people will ask, 'Well, how much sodium am I supposed to have a day?' Or 'How much fat?' There is actually a section on the diet goal."

Enderle points out that common terms on nutrition labels are not fully understood - such as those listing fat content. The new website has a nutrition dictionary featuring easy-to-read explanations.

"If you hear the term 'trans fat,' you can actually look up that term, and it will explain to you what that means."

The label decoder and diet advice are free at www.heart.org. Besides tips on healthy diets and weight loss, specific sections focus on how good nutrition can play a role in the prevention of heart disease and stroke.

Deb Courson, Public News Service - WY