Tips for Reading Food Labels
It is important to read nutrition labels when food shopping. These labels will give you key information to make sure that your family is getting the proper nutrition they need to grow and develop. Below are some things to keep in mind when comparing food labels:
Percentage of daily value:
Most food labels contain a column with percentage of daily value
for each nutrient in the food. While this information is useful, it is important to remember that these percentages are based on a 2000-calorie diet (unless otherwise stated on the label). Talk to your physician about the recommended calories for your child.
Sugar: Studies are showing that kids are getting an overload of sugar. It is important to look at a product's ingredients to see where sugar falls within the list. If it is near the beginning, the product likely contains a lot of sugar. Remember, sugar goes by many names, including: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sucrose, or glucose.
Serving size: All nutrition labels are based on a serving size listed on the label. It is important to consult this serving size when feeding your family, so that you can keep track of how many calories, fats, and other nutrients they are getting.
Calories from fat: When checking out a food's calorie content, remember to check how many calories from fat. A general rule of thumb is that 30% or less of your total calories should come from fat.
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