How to read a food label

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This Power Point can be used to teach students how to correctly read a food label. It teaches them to look at ingredients, serving size, and nutrients.

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How to read a food label

  1. 1. THE FOOD LABEL
  2. 2. Why a <ul><li>it is a source of consumer education </li></ul><ul><li>it is mandatory </li></ul><ul><li>food statements must meet FDA/USDA definitions </li></ul><ul><li>health claims and affects of diet on health </li></ul><ul><li>makes comparison of products easy </li></ul><ul><li>helps you balance food choices </li></ul>FOOD LABEL?
  3. 3. FOOD LABELS AND THE NUTRITION FACTS <ul><li>all foods have pros + and cons - </li></ul><ul><li>look at the total label for the total picture </li></ul><ul><li>can find 14 pieces of information </li></ul>
  4. 4. 1. SERVING SIZES <ul><li>must give the servings size in a consistent realistic household and metric measures </li></ul><ul><li>uniform across product lines </li></ul><ul><li>sizes are close to amount people eat </li></ul>* 28g = 1oz. * 1g = 1,000mg <ul><li>~total servings per container are listed </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2. INGREDIENTS <ul><li>listed in descending order of weight </li></ul><ul><li>required on most foods </li></ul><ul><li>sources of some will be stated by name to help people better identify ingredients </li></ul>
  6. 6. 3. % of NUTRITION BASE <ul><li>is a footnote that is on all labels </li></ul><ul><li>the % of daily values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet </li></ul><ul><li>this is based on current dietary guidance </li></ul><ul><li>facilitating the basics of planning a good diet </li></ul>
  7. 7. 4. Key Nutrients (+) <ul><li>choose products with a higher % of daily value from the key nutrients </li></ul><ul><li>nutrients with over 10% Daily Value are considered good sources </li></ul><ul><li>dietary fiber </li></ul><ul><li>protein </li></ul><ul><li>Vitamin A </li></ul><ul><li>calcium </li></ul><ul><li>vitamin C </li></ul><ul><li>iron </li></ul>key important nutrients are:
  8. 8. Reasons the Six Key Nutrients * are Good for Your Health <ul><li>protein (5g or more): body cell growth </li></ul><ul><li>dietary fiber: regulation of digestion </li></ul><ul><li>vitamin A: night vision </li></ul><ul><li>vitamin C: healing of tissue </li></ul><ul><li>iron: health blood </li></ul><ul><li>calcium: strong bones and teeth </li></ul>nutrients* that relate to health concerns as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis
  9. 9. 5. Excessive Nutrients <ul><li>too much can cause health problems </li></ul><ul><li>eat in moderation </li></ul><ul><li>over 200 calories is too many </li></ul><ul><li>10 % or more of fat, cholesterol, and sodium is excessive </li></ul>
  10. 10. SUMMARY <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>use the % of Daily Value to quickly compare foods and understand how the serving fits into a 2,000 calorie diet </li></ul><ul><li>plan a daily menu to meet the % Daily Value to help one eat a balanced diet </li></ul><ul><li>the nutritions should = 100% of the key nutrition for a health daily menu plan </li></ul><ul><li>avoid buying and consuming foods with excessive nutrition's </li></ul>
  11. 11. … With this new “tool” one’s decision making related to nutrition food intake and purchasing is made easier. Good nutrition eating!

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