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Not sure which of the 13 nutrients listed on labels matter most? Make it personal, says Tristaca Curley, a dietitian in Kelowna, B.C. “If you’re trying to lower your risk of heart disease, zero in on the amount of saturated fat. If you have diabetes, look at the sugar and fibre amounts first.” Simply looking for the healthiest product? Then the three most important numbers are calories, fibre and sodium, she says. “Foods high in fibre help you feel full longer because they’re digested slowly, while foods high in sodium lead to high blood pressure and water retention.” Look for items with more than 4 g of fibre per serving, and the less sodium, the better!