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A presentation for parents on reading nutritional labels

A presentation for parents on reading nutritional labels

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  • Check the Label before it hits the Table!How to Make Healthy Food Choices for your Family
    Louise Goldberg RD, CSP, LD, CNSC
    An Apple A Day Nutrition Consulting
  • Nutrition Facts Label
  • Serving Size
  • Calories
  • FAT!
  • Cholesterol
  • Sodium
  • Carbs, Fiber, and Sugars
  • Protein
  • Daily Value Percents
  • What’s In Our Food?
    Words to look for:
    Partially hydrogenated/Hydrogenated Oils
    High Fructose Corn Syrup (HCFS)
    Simple ingredients better!
    Beware of Claims
    “Reduced”...does not mean LOW
    “Whole Grains” “Whole Wheat”
    “Zero grams of…” may not be accurate!
  • Best Choices for…
    Cereal
    Cereal Bars/Snack Bars
    Peanut Butter
    Pasta
    Packaged/processed food like crackers
    Canned vegetables/soups
    Drinks
  • What did she say?
    Pay attention to the manufacturers’ serving size.
    Limit foods that are high in saturated fats, trans fats, and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
    Evaluate the sodium content of the food in conjunction with the serving size. <5% GOOD, >20% TERRIBLE!
    FIBER makes happy tummies.
    Evaluate whether the food is a good source of nutrients. <5% POOR, >20% EXCELLENT
    Read the ingredients. Stick with words you understand.