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Serving Size Confusion. Let’s Go Shopping. Grocery List. Milk Bread Yogurt Tortillas. WHAT. People want to know what to eat and how much to eat… …and there are tools available: My Plate Nutrition Facts label .

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Let s go shopping
Let’s Go Shopping

Grocery List

Milk

Bread

Yogurt

Tortillas



Serving size confusion

  • People want to know what to eat and how much to eat…

  • …and there are tools available:

    My Plate

    Nutrition Facts label


Serving size confusion

Both use standard serving sizes to compare nutritional and caloric content of similar foods

but

they are NOT the same!

(did you know they have very different purposes?)


Serving size confusion

Let’s learn more about

Serving Sizes

1. Purpose of MyPlate

2. Purpose of Nutrition Facts label

3. What’s a person to do?


Myplate history
MyPlate History

  • Provided by the USDA & US DHHS

  • Initially published in 1980 as

    “Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans”

    • Revised toFood Pyramid in 1992

    • Revised to MyPyramid in 2005

    • is now MyPlate as of 2011/2012

      (different from previous guides, such as “4 food groups”)

USDA Nutrition Insights, Issue 22, 2000. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp, Welsh SO, Davis C, Shaw A USDA’s Food Guide Background and Development, 1993, and USDA, US DHHS Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010.


What is myplate
What is MyPlate?

  • Visual illustration of the

    2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

    • Outlines the Federal nutrition policy and nutrition education activities

    • Goal: to improve health by promoting healthy eating and physical activity choices

USDA Nutrition Insights, Issue 22, 2000. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp and USDA, US DHHS Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010


Myplate s purpose
MyPlate’s Purpose

  • To translate the guidelines and nutrient standards like Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDAs) into food group-based advice for a healthful diet

  • How much of which foods you need each day based on your

    • age

    • gender

    • physical activity level

USDA Nutrition Insights, Issue 22, 2000. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp


Myplate serving sizes
MyPlate Serving Sizes

Based on 4 factors:

1. Typical portion sizes (food consumption surveys)

2. Ease of use

3. Nutrient content

4. Tradition (amount in previous food guides)

USDA Nutrition Insights, Issue 22, 2000. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp


Serving size confusion

Let’s learn more about

Serving Sizes

1. Purpose of MyPlate

2. Purpose of Nutrition Facts label

3. What’s a person to do?


Nutrition label history
Nutrition Label History

  • Regulated by the FDA

  • 1990 Nutrition Labeling & Education Act (NLEA)

  • 1992 Nutrition facts are required on foods

    • lists the most important nutrients in an easy-to-follow, standardized format

USDA Nutrition Insights, Issue 22, 2000. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp


What is a nutrition fact label
What is a Nutrition Fact Label?

  • It provides

    • a food’s serving size

    • the number of servings per container

    • amounts of key nutrients per serving as a percentage of Daily Values (%DV) for a 2,000-calorie diet

USDA Nutrition Insights, Issue 22, 2000. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp


Nutrition label purpose
Nutrition Label Purpose

  • To provide more uniform serving sizes, which

    enables nutritional comparisons of similar foods

    • Before FDA regulation, the choice of serving sizes on food labels was up to the discretion of individual food manufacturers

USDA Nutrition Insights, Issue 22, 2000. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp


Nutrition label serving sizes
Nutrition Label Serving Sizes

Based on but not necessarily equal to

the amount of food customarily

eaten at one time

(from nationwide food consumption surveys)

USDA Nutrition Insights, Issue 22, 2000. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp


Serving size confusion

Nutrition Label Serving Sizes

Reference amounts are classified in three ways:

1. bulk products

2. divided products

3. discrete units

USDA Nutrition Insights, Issue 22, 2000. http://www.usda.gov/cnpp


Serving size confusion

Let’s learn more about

Serving Sizes

1. Purpose of MyPlate

2. Purpose of Nutrition Facts label

3. What’s a person to do?


What s a person to do
What’s a person to do?

Stay calm –

remember what each tool offers and

that you use BOTH to make healthful choices!


Purposes review
Purposes Review

  • MyPlate helps people determine

    how much to eat each day

    based on calorie needs

  • Nutrition Facts labels help people

    compare similar foods to see

    which is more nutritious


Serving size confusion

Knowing how much you need

AND

the better food option

enables you to make healthful choices