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Other Ingredients to Consider


Other ingredients in foods and beverages, such as saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars, are important to think about as you build your healthy eating style. Sometimes these ingredients are found naturally in foods, while others are added during processing or preparing foods and beverages. Limit these ingredients as you create a healthy eating style to manage your weight and reduce your risk of chronic disease.

Saturated and Unsaturated Fats

The terms “saturated” and “unsaturated” fats are important to know when building a healthy eating style. Fats are called “saturated” and “unsaturated” based on the bonds within each type of fat. Foods often contain a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fats. They are called “saturated” and “unsaturated” based on the type of fat that is present in the greatest amounts.

Eat more unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat to help reduce risk of heart disease.

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iamge of a can of low-sodium soup and its corresponding food labelSodium

Sodium is found in most foods in varying amounts. Packaged, canned, and processed foods available in the supermarket, restaurant foods, and fast foods tend to have larger amounts of sodium. Burgers, sandwiches, tacos, pizza, and soups are the biggest source of sodium for many of us.

Too much sodium can increase your risk for high blood pressure. Use the Nutrition Facts label to make food and beverage choices with less sodium.

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Added Sugars

Added sugars are sweeteners and syrups that are added when foods or beverages are processed or prepared. Many foods and beverages contain calories from added sugars. Added sugars can make a food or beverage tastier, but they can also add a lot of calories and few or no nutrients. Most adults eat or drink about 18 teaspoons of added sugar each day.

Choosing an eating style with less added sugars and more nutrient-dense foods can help you manage your calories.

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