Mar 1, 2010

Nutrition Labels

By Ellen Wilson
Nutrition Labels



  1. The serving size is always labeled in a familiar unit, such as cups, pieces, or tablespoons. Remember that the serving size isn't always the entire package. If there are two servings and you're going to eat the whole package, remember to multiply the calories and daily value percentages by two.
  2. The number of calories listed is the amount of energy you will get from a serving of that food. Right next to the total calories is the amount of calories from fat. This is a good number to check. As a general guide, 40-100 calories is low, 100-400 calories is moderate, and 400 or more calories is high in fat.
  3. This first section contains the nutrients that we typically eat enough or too much of.  To avoid health risks, such as heart disease or high blood pressure, avoid eating too many foods with high percentages of fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol or sodium.
  4. The second section of nutrients contains the nutrients that most of us don't get enough of: dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron. Eating enough of these nutrients is good for your health and may also reduce the risk of heart disease.
  5. This footnote section has the recommended amount of Daily Values (DV) for both a 2,000 and 2,500 diet and should be the same on every label.  Compare the DV percentages of the product with the daily recommended amount. 
See fda.gov for more detailed information.

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