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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 (228g)
Server per container 2
Amount Per Serving

Calories 250           Calories from Fat 110
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g18%
   Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 470mg20%
Total Carbohydrate      31g10%
   Dietary Fiber 0g0%
   Sugars 5g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A4%
Vitamin C2%
Calcium20%
Iron4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories2,0002,500

Total FatLess than65g80g
   Sat FatLess than20g25g
CholesterolLess than300mg300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g375g
   Dietary Fiber25g30g

Quick Guide to % Daily Value
5% or less is Low
20% or more is High
Nutrition Facts Label
The quickest way to find out whether your favorite packaged food or beverage fits into a healthy diet is to check ou the Nutrition Facts label. Calories, fat, carbohydrates, and other helpful nutrition information are spelled out on the label, along with important information about serving sizes. The current label is shown left. By 2006, trans fat information will be listed under saturated fat. The FDA is also considering revisions to the label to put more emphasis on calories.


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