7 March, 2016    #73

Nutrition Facts Label - Serving Size

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When looking at a Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) the Serving Size and Number of Servings in the product is where to start.

Serving sizes are standardized to make it easier to compare similar foods; they are provided in familiar units, such as cups or pieces, followed by the metric amount, such as grams.

The size of the serving on the food package influences the number of calories and all the nutrient amounts listed in all Label Sections except #5 (Footnotes). Pay attention to the serving size, especially how many servings there are in the food package. Then ask yourself, "
How many servings am I consuming"? (1/2 serving, 1 serving, or more).

NOTE:► Nutrition Facts Labels are displayed in Black Characters on a White Background. Colors are used in these examples only as educational aids.

Sample label for Macaroni and Cheese

 

The information in the main or top sections (#1,2,3,4 & 6) of the Nutrition Facts Label (NFL) can vary with each food product.  These sections contain product-specific information:

Serving Size

Calories

Nutrient Information

 
The colored sections on the example NFL are visual aids to focus your attention in those area that will be explained in detail in future Trax News articles.
 
The bottom section (#5) contains a footnote with Daily Values (DVs) for 2,000 and 2,500 calorie diets.  This footnote provides recommended dietary information for important nutrients, including

Fats

Sodium

Fiber.

 

Next week we will focus on the Section #2:

"Total Calories" and Calories from Fat

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Mike Kohut, President, DDMS

 

TraxNews@datadancer.com

 

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