People look at food labels for different reasons. But whatever the reason, many consumers would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily.
Eating healthy means choosing lots of different types of food throughout the day to get all the nutrients you need, such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, fiber, and fat.
Labels give you information that can help you decide what to choose as part of an overall healthy eating plan.
Food labels provide more than just nutrition facts, though. They also tell you what’s in a packaged food (i.e., the ingredients). Some food labels also state which country the food came from, whether the food is organic, and certain health claims.
So who decides what information goes on a food label? In the United States, it’s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). These agencies require that all food labels show the same nutrition and health information. This allows consumers to compare different foods and make the choices that are right for them. (kidshealth.com)
Assignment #1 – Nutrition Facts Labels -Overview
- Read through the web page that goes in depth on the Nutrition Fact Label
- How to Read and Understand the Nutrition Facts Label
- Continue to read more on Labels from the Chef Solus Food Label Guide (pdf)
- Click on the following 3 FDA Food Label Videos (web link)
- The 5-20 Rule Part 1
- Game Show Review (Are You Smarter Than a Food Label?)
Assignment #3 – Comparing 2 Food Labels
- Print off Food Labels worksheet and follow directions.
Assignment #4 – Label Quiz
- Label Quiz – coming soon