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Reading Food Labels

If you haven't paid attention to labels on food, start now. Use nutrition facts labels to select foods that are low in sodium (salt), sugar, saturated fat, and cholesterol. The label also gives a food's serving size. Pay attention: The serving sizes are often much smaller than people realize.

Food content labels will help you steer clear of trans fat. If "partially hydrogenated" or "hydrogenated" fat is listed as one of the first ingredients, the food contains a large amount of trans fats. Choose foods with monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats instead, but keep in mind that fat of any kind is high in calories.

Originally published in You & Your Baby: Pregnancy.

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