Understanding & Reading Food Labels - Health & Wellness
Understanding Food Labels
One way to watch the calories, fat, and sugar that your family may get from a certain food item is to read the Nutrition Facts label found on most food and beverages. Always pay special attention to:
All nutrition information is based on 1 serving—in this case, 1 teaspoon. If you use 2 teaspoons, that is twice the amount per serving
Ingredients are listed on the label in order from highest amount to lowest amount by weight.
Serving Size 1 tsp(0.5g)
|Amount Per Serving|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carb. Less than 1g||0%|
|Not a significant source of calories from fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium and iron.|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.|
If you see sugar (or another name that means sugar) in the first 4-5 ingredients, it’s worth thinking about a different choice, like one that’s sugar-free or reduced-sugar.