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Food Label Lesson

introduction to food labels - 6th grade
by

Stacey Smith

on 21 March 2012

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Transcript of Food Label Lesson

Step 1:
The
serving size
is shown in common measures such as cups or pieces. This section also tells us how many servings are in the package.
There are 2 servings in this package so if the whole package is eaten, all facts need to be multiplied by 2 in order to know how much is in the package instead of one serving.
Step 2:
Next, look the number of
calories
per
serving
. This tells us how much energy we will receive from the food.
Multiply by 2 to find out how many calories are in the package of Macaroni and Cheese.

250 x 2 = 500 calories in the package
Steps 4 + 5:
The fourth and fifth steps both have to do with examining the nutrients that are noted in the label
The nutrients here in yellow are the type of nutrients that we have to watch out for.

Eating too much of these nutrients may increase your risk of certain chronic diseases, like heart disease, some
cancers
, or high blood pressure.
The nutrients here in blue are the type that we want to see high levels of.

Eating enough of these nutrients can improve your health and help reduce the risk of some diseases and conditions.
Step 3:
Look at the
Percent Daily Value
column noted in purple on this label.
These percents are known as the % Daily Value.
This helps us to find out if a food is high or low in a nutrient.
5% or less is low
20% or more is high
Step 6:
The last thing that we look at is called the
footnote
.
It shows the amount of nutrients an average person needs each day.
Step 1
Step 2
Step 4 + 5
Step 3
Step 6
Let's Review
Reading Nutrition Facts Labels
Sources
http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ConsumerInformation/ucm078889.htm
google images
Why read nutrition labels?
Don't forget to check the
ingredient list
!

Ingredients are listed in
descending
order by
weight
.
It will also tell us if the food contains any of the
8
most common food allergens.
You are what you
eat
Make informed food choices
Compare
similar foods

Note: It takes about 25 minutes of walking to burn 100 calories.
Let's look at the information on nutrition labels step by step
this gives an overview of the food's "recipe"
Check the total fat,
cholesterol
and sodium

Check the amount of
dietary
fiber
, vitamins,
calcium
and iron.
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