Sci 241 Understanding Food Labels

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Understanding Food Labels Helene Torres SCI 241 August 22, 2012 Dr. Carson Understanding Food Labels The 5/20 rule is a guide for one’s daily intake. Depending on what is being eaten the percentage can work both ways. For instance, the first part, which is the 5%, can be used for the good and bad daily value. A can of Healthy Choice chicken noodle soup has 2% of calcium and 4% of iron; therefore, considering it is less than 5%, is would not be a good source of those nutrients since these are nutrients that are much needed. When using the 20% rule it works the same way. The can of Healthy Choice chicken noodle soup contains 25% of vitamin A. The daily value of vitamin A is an excellent source as it contains more then 20% of one’s daily value and it is a nutrient that is much needed. Now, when using the 5/20 rule for the nutrients that are not beneficial to our bodies, it is key to note the calorie serving size and percent daily value, which is listed in the top section of the nutrition label. The serving size indicates the amount that is good for 1 person as well as how many serving are in the container. It is best to stay below 5% and NOT go over 20%. For instance, the percentage of the total fat in the can of Healthy Choice is only at 2%, which is great because fats are not a source of nutrition, therefore, it is best to limit them. The 6 Key Food Facts To further understand the nutrition label, we must be able to identify the six key food facts that are presented. 1. First are the serving size and the servings per container. As food is prepared we should see how many people the item could serve. We do this to make sure we are not consuming more then our daily value. So, if it can serve 2 people, then the calories, fats and nutrients would double, meaning one person is consuming both the good and bad portion for two people

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