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Dietary tips for stroke prevention | How to read nutrition labels


When it comes to stroke prevention, low sodium intake plays a crucial role. One of the methods is to pay attention to the sodium content on nutrition facts labels and choose the ones with lower values.

Let's read on and learn about the proper way to read nutrition labels!

Tip 1

Pay attention to the reference unit indicated on nutrition facts labels. For instance, the nutrition label shows wordings such as 'per 100 g', 'per 100 ml', 'per serving', and 'per package'.

Tip 2

Read the calories and nutritional value per serving, including energy and 7 nutrients (protein, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates, sugar and sodium). Please pay special attention to the daily fat, sugar, and sodium intake limit and keep them below the recommended intake.

Total fat: 60g

Sugar: 50g

Sodium: 2000mg

The above limit intake values only serve as a reference for an average adult. They may not apply to all people, including those with chronic diseases or other health issues. It is advised to seek professional opinions from doctors and dietitians for further information.

Tip 3

Understand nutrition claims on food packaging, which are now regulated by law. To be qualified to use a nutrition claim based on the voluntary 'Salt / Sugar' Label Scheme for Prepackaged Food Products, prepackaged foods have to meet the requirements below:

Low sodium: Food containing no more than 120 mg of sodium per 100 g/mL of food

No sodium: Food containing no more than 5 mg of sodium per 100 g/mL of food

Low sugar: Food containing no more than 5 g of sugars per 100 g/ml of food

No sugar: Food containing no more than 0.5 g of sugars per 100 g/mL of food


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