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  1. Understanding a Nutrition Facts Label

  2. US Food and Drug Admin

  3. 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

  4. US Food and Drug Admin

  5. 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

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  7. 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

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  9. 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

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  11. 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

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  13. 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

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  15. 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