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3 things to pay attention to on a nutrition label

3 things to pay attention to on a nutrition label | Medications that can impair driving | Swollen leg after traveling

[bs_row class=”row”][bs_col class=”col-sm-8″]Nutrition labels on the back of food products can be confusing. On today’s “Health Minute,” registered dietitian Theresa Dvorak explains three key things to look for and understand nutrition labels and what they mean for your health.

Listen to the full interview here or read the transcript below.

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Interviewer: What are three things you should pay attention to when you’re reading a nutrition label? Registered dietitian, Theresa Dvorak, help us out with this one.

Theresa: Yeah, sure. So the three keys would be serving size, fat content, sodium content. So what is a serving? Is it the entire package? Is it three cookies? So looking at that can help us make smart choices.

Fat content. Often, there’s a lot of hidden calories from fat in our packaged foods. So, especially, is it coming from saturated fat or unsaturated fat?

And thirdly, sodium content. To make foods taste better, we put salt in them, but we should only be getting about 2,300 milligrams of salt per day. So there’s often way too much in our processed foods. So, again, those three takeaways would be serving size, fat content, sodium content.

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Medications that can impair driving

Some prescribed or over-the-counter medications can impair you as a driver. You may not realize you’re sleep deprived or that your reaction time is slowed. On today’s “Health Minute,” Dr. Scott Youngquist identifies some of the common medications that can make driving dangerous.

Learn more about this health topic in the full-length interview here.

If you find one of your legs swollen after a long car ride, this could be a sign of a dangerous blood clot that could travel to your lungs. On today’s “Health Minute,” emergency room physician Dr. Troy Madsen tells you how to identify the signs of a blood clot and when you should seek emergency medical help.

Listen to the full interview and read the transcript here.

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