“Facts Up Front” may help you make better food choices

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- You may have noticed it on a growing number of food and drink packages. Facts Up Front is a voluntary effort by food manufacturers to make it simpler for you to see what a product contains.

"It's these small icons that are usually either in the top corner or down on the bottom of the box," Jamie Jarvis, registered dietitian with Hy-Vee, said.

The icons show the calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar per serving.

Manufacturers can choose to add two additional icons.

Jarvis points to a box of cereal that shows fiber and calcium.

"There are also some nutrients that are encouraged in your diet -- things like fiber," she said.

Visit factsupfront.org for a nutrition calculator where you can determine your calorie and nutrient needs for the day.

Besides Facts Up Front, Hy-Vee aso has a NuVal number on the shelf that shows a product's nutritional value.

"It's a score from one to a hundred, and the higher the score, the better the nutritional value of the product," Jarvis said.

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