How to Read Food Labels for Healthy Eating : Cholesterol Levels on Food Labels

Hi. I’m Brenda Thompson, registered dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment, I’m going to talk about cholesterol
found on the food label. If you want to find out about the amount of cholesterol in the
food that you are consuming, you want to look here under “cholesterol.” This food contains
zero milligrams of cholesterol. Cholesterol is a waxy substance found in animal products
and it’s recommended that no one consumes more than three hundred milligrams per day.
If you look here at the food guide pyramid, cholesterol is not found in grains, vegetables
or fruits. It is found in some oils that are made from animal sources such as butter and
lard. Also, it’s found in milk and other dairy products. And, it’s definitely found in meats.
So choosing lean meats with no skin on the poultry is a great way to decrease your cholesterol.
Also, eating poultry that is white meat instead of dark meat is another great way to decrease
the cholesterol. Decreasing your cholesterol in your diet helps prevent against heart disease
and also complications associated with diabetes and keeps people healthy in the long run.

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