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Understanding Food Labels Food labels provide:  Standardized serving sizes  Nutrition labeling for packaged foods  Concise information for cholesterol,

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1 Understanding Food Labels Food labels provide:  Standardized serving sizes  Nutrition labeling for packaged foods  Concise information for cholesterol, dietary fiber, fats including trans fat, and other nutrients  Health claims for certain nutrients and diseases  % Daily Value for various nutrients in a daily diet  Standardized definitions for nutrient claims, such as low- sodium, cholesterol free, and sugar free Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

2 Understanding Food Labels Mandatory Information  Common name of food  Net weight of food  Ingredients listed in order of predominance  Name and address of producer or manufacturer  Nutrition label information  Food allergens information (as per Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004) Ingredients: water, anchovies, salt, Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

3 Understanding Food Labels Voluntary Information  Brand name of the food  Picture of the food  Recipes using the food  Coupons  History of the company Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

4 Nutrition Facts Serving Size 7 cup (228g) Servings Per Container 2 Amount Per Serving Calories 250 Calories from Fat 110 % Daily Value* Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 3g Cholesterol 30mg Sodium 470 mg Total Carbohydrate 31g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 5g Protein 5g Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron 18% 15% 10% 20% 10% 0% 4% 2% 20% 4% *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Total Fat Sat Fat Cholesterol Sodium Total Carbohydrate Dietary Fiber Calories: Less than 2,000 65g 20g 300mg 2,400mg 300g 25g 2,500 80g 25g 300mg 2,400mg 375g 30g Start Here Check Calories Limit These Get Enough of These Nutrients Footnote Quick Guide to DV 5% or less is low 20% or more is high Food Label Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

5 Nutrition Facts Serving Size 7 cup (228g) Servings Per Container 2 Amount Per Serving Calories 250 Calories from Fat 110 % Daily Value* Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 3g Cholesterol 30mg Sodium 470 mg Total Carbohydrate 31g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 5g Protein 5g Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron 18% 15% 10% 20% 10% 0% 4% 2% 20% 4% *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Total Fat Sat Fat Cholesterol Sodium Total Carbohydrate Dietary Fiber Calories: Less than 2,000 65g 20g 300mg 2,400mg 300g 25g 2,500 80g 25g 300mg 2,400mg 375g 30g Nutrition Facts Title The title “Nutrition Facts” signals the nutrition information. Serving Size Similar food products have similar serving sizes to make it easier to compare foods. Serving sizes are based on amounts people typically eat. % Daily Value Shows how a food fits into a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Consumers con use % Daily Value to compare foods and see how the amount of a nutrient in a serving of food fits in a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Label Information The nutrient list covers those most important to your health. Some of this information may have been on older labels, but it is now required. Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

6 Nutrition Facts Serving Size 7 cup (228g) Servings Per Container 2 Amount Per Serving Calories 250 Calories from Fat 110 % Daily Value* Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 3g Cholesterol 30mg Sodium 470 mg Total Carbohydrate 31g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 5g Protein 5g Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron 18% 15% 10% 20% 10% 0% 4% 2% 20% 4% *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Total Fat Sat Fat Cholesterol Sodium Total Carbohydrate Dietary Fiber Calories: Less than 2,000 65g 20g 300mg 2,400mg 300g 25g 2,500 80g 25g 300mg 2,400mg 375g 30g Daily Values Footnote Daily Values are the label reference numbers. These numbers are set by the government and are based on current nutrition recommendations. Some labels list the daily values for a daily diet of 2,000 and 2,500 calories. Your own nutrient needs may be less than or more than the Daily Values on the label. Vitamins and Minerals Only two vitamins, A and C; and two minerals, calcium and iron, are required on the food label. A food company can voluntarily list other vitamins and minerals in the food. Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

7 Nutrition Facts Serving Size 7 cup (228g) Servings Per Container 2 Amount Per Serving Calories 250 Calories from Fat 110 % Daily Value* Total Fat 12g Saturated Fat 3g Trans Fat 3g Cholesterol 30mg Sodium 470 mg Total Carbohydrate 31g Dietary Fiber 0g Sugars 5g Protein 5g Vitamin A Vitamin C Calcium Iron 18% 15% 10% 20% 10% 0% 4% 2% 20% 4% *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Total Fat Sat Fat Cholesterol Sodium Total Carbohydrate Dietary Fiber Calories: Less than 2,000 65g 20g 300mg 2,400mg 300g 25g 2,500 80g 25g 300mg 2,400mg 375g 30g Why do some food packages have a short or abbreviated nutrition label? Calories Per Gram Footnote Some labels tell the approximate number of calories in a gram of fat, carbohydrate, and protein. Calories per gram: Fat 9 * Carbohydrate 4 * Protein 4 Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

8 Label Reading for Allergens According to the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, the Food and Drug Administration mandated that all foods manufactured after January 1, 2006 be required to list the top eight food allergens on the food label using plain language. This information must be listed as an ingredient or in boldface after the ingredients. Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

9 Label Reading for Allergens Find and read the complete label and ingredients listing. Pay attention to ingredients listed in boldface, parenthesis, and listed below the ingredients. The 8 most common food allergens are  Milk  Eggs  Fish  Crustacean shellfish  Tree nuts  Peanuts  Wheat  Soybeans Look at boldface ingredients after the word CONTAINS for allergens Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

10 Food Label Claims Calorie free  Less than 5 calories Low calorie  40 calories or less Light or Lite  1/3 fewer calories or 50% less fat: if more than half the calories are from fat, fat content must be reduced by 50% or more Fat free  Less than ½ gram fat * Low fat  3 grams or less fat** T Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

11 Food Label Claims Lean  Less than 10 g fat, 4 g saturated fat, and 95 mg cholesterol ** Extra Lean  Less than 5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, and 95 mg of cholesterol ** Low Cholesterol  20 mg or less cholesterol and 2 gm or less saturated fat** Light in sodium  50% less sodium Low sodium  140 milligrams or less sodium** T Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

12 Food Label Claims Very Low Sodium  35 milligrams or less sodium** Sodium free Less than 5 milligrams sodium * Unsalted No salt added during processing Sugar Free  Less than ½ g sugar * Cholesterol free  Less than 2 milligrams cholesterol and 2 grams or less saturated fat* Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

13 Food Label Claims Low cholesterol  20 milligrams or less cholesterol and 2 grams or less saturated fat* Enriched or fortified  Altered food that provides at least 10% more of the Daily Value of a nutrient as compared to another food Good Source  Provides 10-19% of the Daily value of a nutrient High  Provides at least 20% of the Daily value of a nutrient Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.

14 Food Label Claims * Per Reference Amount (standard serving size) Some claims have higher nutrient levels for main dish products, such as frozen entrees and dinners. ** Per 50 g for products with small serving size Reference Amount is 30 g or less or 2 ST or less. T Copyright © Notice: The materials are copyrighted © and trademarked ™ as the property of The Curriculum Center for Family and Consumer Sciences, Texas Tech University.


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