Many people don’t eat the right foods because they do not know enough about nutrition. A balanced diet provides us with adequate amounts of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and vitamins, iron, calcium and other minerals that nourish the body.
Under Food and Drug Administration regulations, any foods for which a nutrition claim is made, or that has added nutrients, must carry nutrition information on the label. A product must list all ingredients in order of decreasing amounts. Products must list food additives, artificial flavors and colors.
If you cannot pronounce the name of an ingredient, which is often the case, find out what it is. Knowing what you are putting into your body puts you in charge of your diet and your health. Once you are in the habit of reading labels, it can be done quickly and efficiently while you are shopping.
Source: O'Reilly, L. Get Fit To Go. Unlimited publishing 2010