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    • THE FOOD LABEL
    • Why a
      • it is a source of consumer education
      • it is mandatory
      • food statements must meet FDA/USDA definitions
      • health claims and affects of diet on health
      • makes comparison of products easy
      • helps you balance food choices
      FOOD LABEL?
    • FOOD LABELS AND THE NUTRITION FACTS
      • all foods have pros + and cons -
      • look at the total label for the total picture
      • can find 14 pieces of information
    • 1. SERVING SIZES
      • must give the servings size in a consistent realistic household and metric measures
      • uniform across product lines
      • sizes are close to amount people eat
      * 28g = 1oz. * 1g = 1,000mg
      • ~total servings per container are listed
    • 2. INGREDIENTS
      • listed in descending order of weight
      • required on most foods
      • sources of some will be stated by name to help people better identify ingredients
    • 3. % of NUTRITION BASE
      • is a footnote that is on all labels
      • the % of daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
      • this is based on current dietary guidance
      • facilitating the basics of planning a good diet
    • 4. Key Nutrients (+)
      • choose products with a higher % of daily value from the key nutrients
      • nutrients with over 10% Daily Value are considered good sources
      • dietary fiber
      • protein
      • Vitamin A
      • calcium
      • vitamin C
      • iron
      key important nutrients are:
    • Reasons the Six Key Nutrients * are Good for Your Health
      • protein (5g or more): body cell growth
      • dietary fiber: regulation of digestion
      • vitamin A: night vision
      • vitamin C: healing of tissue
      • iron: health blood
      • calcium: strong bones and teeth
      nutrients* that relate to health concerns as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis
    • 5. Excessive Nutrients
      • too much can cause health problems
      • eat in moderation
      • over 200 calories is too many
      • 10 % or more of fat, cholesterol, and sodium is excessive
    • SUMMARY
      • in order to“get the total picture” when reading a food label, one needs to understand the complete label, not just one portion, in order to make an informed decision about the planned daily food intake
      • use the % of Daily Value to quickly compare foods and understand how the serving fits into a 2,000 calorie diet
      • plan a daily menu to meet the % Daily Value to help one eat a balanced diet
      • the nutritions should = 100% of the key nutrition for a health daily menu plan
      • avoid buying and consuming foods with excessive nutrition's
    • … With this new “tool” one’s decision making related to nutrition food intake and purchasing is made easier. Good nutrition eating!