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How to Read Nutrition Labels?

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jennifer carpenter

on 13 May 2014

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Transcript of How to Read Nutrition Labels?

How to Read Nutrition Labels?
Serving Size
Not the recommended serving!
"Typical" serving decided by manufacturer
you determine your own serving size
a unit of energy
amount listed on label is amount energy found in that serving of food
Total Fat - Total amount of fat per serving

Saturated Fats - solid at room temperature
Unsaturated Fats - Liquid at room temperature

Trans-fats - processed fats, made from heating refined oils to make solids
Micro Nutrients
core vitamins: vitamin A and C
core minerals: calcium and iron
Percent of Daily Value
To identify nutrient content of food
Based on a 2000 calorie diet
Fats - 65 g
Carbohydrates - 300 g
vitamins and minerals

Not shown: protein, trans fats, sugar


no recommended daily intake
depends on age, gender, activity level
Total Carbohydrates - 300g (55% of total intake)

Fiber - indigestible portion of plants

Sugars - Quick to absorb

What is the difference between nutrient deficient and nutrient dense food? Give an example of each.
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