Using Nutrition Facts Labels

Nutrition Facts Label

Use these resources, including handouts, pamphlets and online tools, for effective lessons about food labels.

Cartoon of doctor and patient talking Assess Your Client's Health Literacy with this Tool

Pfizer Clear Health Communication Initiative.

Use a nutrition label to screen clients for low health literacy. Available in English (PDF | 1.46 MB) and Spanish (PDF | 1.46 MB).

Make Your Calories Count mascot Learn to Use the Nutrition Facts Label to Control Calories

DHHS. FDA. Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition.

Food Smarts: Understanding Food Labels


A resource for teenagers that offers facts and tips to help make healthy food choices.

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label

DHHS. Food and Drug Administration.

An overview of the Nutrition Facts label with helpful tips and information.

Nutrition Facts: An Interactive Guide to Food Labels

Mayo Clinic.

This interactive guide to the Nutrition Facts label can help people to understand what they're eating so that they can make healthier choices.

Reading Food Labels: American Heart Assocation

American Heart Assocation.

Definitions of frequent terms used on a food label such as free, low, and lean.

Understanding the Food Label

Colorado State University Cooperative Extension.

Includes information about regulations concerning what health claims can be made, benefits of the food label, organic labeling, ingredient list and how to make food comparisons based on the label. Also available as a PDF (951 KB).

What's on a Food Label? (PDF | 256 KB)

Kansas State University.

A eight page handout showing how food labels can help make healthy food choices. Reviews nutrition content claims and health claims.