Learning how to read food labels can help you make smart food choices.
For example, knowing the difference between the date labels — which include “sell by,” “use by,” and “best if used by” tags — helps you understand whether a past-date food is unsafe, or just not as flavorful as it had been.
Knowing where to look on the nutrition label for serving size can help you avoid eating more than you meant to. Each product label identifies the amount of servings within each container. The serving size is based on the amount of food that people typically eat at one time.