Better Nutrition Encourage Kids to Read the Label!
- Check the serving size. All of the nutrition information listed on the Nutrition Facts Label is based on one serving of that food. But, it’s common for one package of a food to contain more than one serving. If a package contains two (or more) servings and you eat the entire package, you are consuming two (or more) times the number of calories and nutrients listed on the Label. So be sure to check!
- Consider the calories. For weight management (whether it’s to lose, gain, or maintain weight), it’s important to pay attention to the calories. The overall goal is to balance how many calories you eat with how many calories your body uses. As a general rule, 400 or more calories per serving for a single food is high and 100 calories is moderate.
- Choose nutrients wisely. There are certain nutrients that young people should aim to get less of. Kids can use the Percent Daily Value (%DV) on the Nutrition Facts Label to find foods that are lower in saturated fat, sodium, and sugars. Here’s an easy guideline: 5%DV or less of a nutrient means the food is low in that nutrient, and 20%DV or more means it’s high! Sugars have no %DV, so remind kids to use the amount of grams (g) as a guide.
Kids can start using the Nutrition Facts Label today to compare foods and make smart snack choices. By knowing a food’s serving size, calories, and nutrients they’ll be taking charge of managing their own healthful diet!
For more information, visit FDA’s Read the Label Youth Outreach Campaign.
LisaMetzgar, PhD,she received her BA in Biology from UCSD, is a certified Holistic Health Practitioner, and received her Ph.D. in Holistic Nutrition.
Lisa has taught body mind retreats in San Diego, Seattle, and Australia and currently has a practice in Reno, NV where she does nutrition counseling.Lisa's passion is to educate families about a healthy lifestyle.
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