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Understanding a Nutrition Facts Label. US Food and Drug Admin. Sections of a Food Label. 1. Serving Size – at the top Green color 2. Calories- below serving size White color at the top 3. and 4. Nutrients Yellow and Blue color 5. Footnote White color at the bottom 6. % Daily Value

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sections of a food label
Sections of a Food Label
  • 1. Serving Size – at the top
    • Green color
  • 2. Calories- below serving size
    • White color at the top
  • 3. and 4. Nutrients
    • Yellow and Blue color
  • 5. Footnote
    • White color at the bottom
  • 6. % Daily Value
    • On the far right
    • Purple color
serving size
Serving Size
  • How much is the serving size?
    • Standard
    • Compare similar foods
    • Familiar units
      • Cups, pieces, tablespoons
    • How much actually consumed
  • Servings per container
    • Multiply if consuming more than one serving
    • Total amount of calories and nutrients
calories
Calories
  • Calories per Serving
    • Amount of energy in each serving
    • Must multiply calories per serving by number of servings consumed
  • Calories from Fat
    • Compare calories from fat to number of calories in each serving
      • Calculate %
  • Generally
    • 40 is low
    • 100 is moderate
    • 400 is high
nutrients
Nutrients

Limit These

Be Sure to Get Enough of These

Total Fat

Saturated

Trans

Cholesterol

Sodium

Adequate or too much

Can increase risk of chronic diseases

Dietary Fiber

Vitamin A

Vitamin C

Calcium

Iron

Usually don’t get enough

Can reduce risk of some diseases or conditions

footnote
Footnote
  • The “*” symbol after the heading “%Daily Value” refers to the footnote
  • “%DVs are based on a 2,000 calorie diet”
    • Must appear on all food labels
  • Footnotes are the same on all products
percent daily value
Percent Daily Value
  • %DV
    • On right hand side of every food label
    • Based on 2,000 calorie diet
  • Great way to compare food products to each other
    • 5% or less is low
    • 20% or more is high
summary
Summary
  • 6 sections to a food label
    • Serving size, calories,

nutrients to limit,

nutrients to get enough of,

footnote and %DV

  • Start at the top

and work down

  • Use %DV to quickly

compare one food product

to another

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