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Reading a Food Label for Sodium Content
- Begin by reviewing the serving size and sodium content information. See the shaded areas on the sample label to the right.
The serving size for the food on this label is 5 oz. (ounces). The sodium content for that serving is 440 mg.
- If you eat the same sized serving as the one listed on the label, then you are eating the amount of sodium that is listed.
- But if the amount you actually eat is either larger or smaller, the amount of sodium you will be eating will also be larger or smaller.
For example, if you eat a double portion of the food shown above, you will also be eating twice as much sodium as listed on the label. A 10 oz. serving of the food above would contain 880 mg of sodium.