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6th Grade Food Label Lesson

how to use the nutrition facts to identify healthy snacks

Coach Lakeman

on 14 September 2012

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Transcript of 6th Grade Food Label Lesson

Step 1: The serving size is the first place we will look when inspecting a food label. This tells us serving size and describe it in a familiar way. This section also tells us how many servings are in the package. This label tells us that there are 2 servings in the package so all of the other facts need to be multiplied by 2 in order to tell how much is in the package instead of one serving. Step 2: The second thing that we want to look at is the amount of calories in the food. This tells us how much energy we will recieve from the food. Remember to 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 Step 3 and 4: The third and fourth step 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 to 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 5: Step 5 has to do with the percentages on the side noted in purple 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 and avg. person needs each day. Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 + 4 Step 5 Step 6 Review Time Reading Nutrition Facts Labels 6th Grade FACS
Suffern Middle School Sources http://www.fda.gov/Food/LabelingNutrition/ConsumerInformation/ucm078889.htm google images
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