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The U.S. Department of agriculture has replaced the traditional food pyramid with a graphic of what a plate should look like, indicating the amount of fruits, veggies, protein, grains and dairy that should be included at a meal. Graphic courtesy of The USDA

Crunching into food labels

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Good fats, bad fats, too much sodium, too little fiber, serving size, portion control -- it can all get very confusing, especially when reading nutrition labels on foods.


Lexi Sidener, a registered dietitian at Essentia Health St. Mary's, is teaching a class on label reading next month, trying to help individuals realize what they should be eating and how to sidestep the marketing tools companies use to get people to buy what's not so healthy for them.

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