The Food Label & You. Following Food Labels for Healthy Weight Management

The Food Label & You is an excellent resource for consumers. It features 10 easy-to-use fact sheets designed to help consumers better understand the different elements of the food label and how this important information can be used in establishing a balanced, healthy diet.


American Cancer Society
For more information about diet and cancer, contact the American Cancer Society at
1-800-ACS-2345 (1-800-227-2345).

American Diabetes Association
For more information about diet and diabetes, contact the American Diabetes Association at
1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383).

American Dietetic Association
Need help finding a nutrition professional, Registered Dietitian (RD) or Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR)? Contact the American Dietetic Association’s Nationwide Nutrition Network, a free on-line nutrition professional locator service. Other consumer food and nutrition resources are located at

American Heart Association
For more information about diet and heart disease, contact the American Heart Association.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans
Click above for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture publication, Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005 edition.

Exchange Lists for Menu Planning
Exchange lists for menu planning for persons with diabetes are available from the American Dietetic Association.

Food and Drug Administration, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition
A variety of resources on food, nutrition and food labeling can be found here or by calling
1-888-SAFEFOOD (1-888-723-3366).

Food Guide Pyramid
The Food Guide Pyramid is designed to help healthy Americans use the Dietary Guidelines to choose foods for a healthy diet.

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Meat and Poultry Hotline
USDA’s Meat and Poultry Hotline provides information to help consumers prevent foodborne illness by answering questions about the safe storage, handling and preparation of meat, poultry and egg products. The Hotline is staffed by food safety specialists with backgrounds in home economics, nutrition and food technology. Call 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

The information on this site is intended to provide general guidance for healthy adults based on government recommendations for a healthful diet. It is not intended to replace professional medical guidance from a qualified health professional. For specific advice concerning diet and health, consult a registered dietitian (RD), qualified health professional or physician. The National Food Processors Association does not endorse any particular dietary pattern and is not responsible for any specific diet or health advice provided here. This information was originally developed as part of Label Facts for Healthful Eating, an education kit produced by the Food Products Association in Washington, D.C., in 1993.