Here are some nutritional factors about food labels that should help you and your family know what you need to know about the products we buy. Nutrition fact labels, also known as nutrition claims (NIFs) or food labelling, are mandatory on most packaged foods in many countries and show what nutrients, limit values and how much of them are present in food. They are just one of many types of food labelling required by the Regulation and applied by manufacturers.
The next section of the information on a nutrition label is the amount of specific nutrients in the product.
The amount of nutrients on the label tells you how many calories, grams of protein, carbohydrates, fats and other nutrients are served with the food. If the package size is indicated as one or two servings (based on RACC), calorie and nutrient information must be labeled as “one serving” to reflect the total amount on a package. However, if you eat more or less than the stated portion size, you will need to do a few simple math tasks like the rest of the nutritional facts. Look at what you can find in the Nutritional Facts section of your local supermarket or grocery store when looking for a nutritional fact label.
It will tell you the number of calories, grams of protein, saturated fats, carbohydrates, trans fats and polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, as well as the indicated portion size. It also shows you the number of grams saturated and trans-fat and the percentage of carbohydrates and other nutrients, as well as the amounts of sodium, potassium, fiber, cholesterol, sodium and saturated fats (trans, polyunsaturated or monosaturated fats) as indicated in portion sizes.
Note: Trans fats and total sugars are not listed as DV on the Nutrition Facts label, but as “DV” in the Nutrition Facts section.
Note: Trans fats and total sugars and trans fats do not have a “DV” which we will discuss later. If the company that makes your food wants to list polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats (or any other type of polyunsaturated fats) along with other vitamins and minerals, you can specify them on the Nutrition Facts label.
If you don’t drink much milk, you can read the nutritional information to find foods high in calcium and vitamin D. If you keep track of your food and beverage packaged with nutritional information on the front and back of the food or beverage, read all the facts in the packaging.
Consumers will also see if the food has two or three servings on the packaging or if it can be consumed in one sitting. The Nutrition Facts apply to portion sizes, so if you have a portion size of one cup and eat two cups, you will get the same amount of calories as indicated on the label, but not all other nutrients. If you have eaten the whole cake, will you have eaten all the calories, fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients listed on your label?
The four vitamins and minerals that need to be listed on the updated Nutrition Facts label are: calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Vitamin D and potassium are also the two new nutrients that people will see in the new “Nutrition facts” label.
In the United States, the Nutritional Facts label indicates the percentage of nutrients that should be consumed in a day, which is the limit, based on a daily diet of 2,000 calories. The percentage of daily value (DV) is used for food and food supplements labelling. The DV shows how much nutrient in a portion of food contributes to the daily diet as a whole. Percent DV tells the food label how much of your daily need for this nutrient is contained in that one serving.
The Nutrition Facts label explains what your body needs to grow and stay healthy, and how much of each nutrient is contained in a serving of food. Serving size tells you how many foods you are getting in a serving, but it is also important to know the additional nutrients on the Nutritional Facts label. The portion size indicates calories multiplied by the portion you normally eat (known as calories per serving). The nutritional factors listed are related to any amount of food, so a typical serving is about 2,000 calories or about 1,500 calories for a single serving.
If the portion size on the Nutrition Facts label is 1 / 2 cup and you consume 1 cup of an item, you must double the information about it. Nutritional values are multiplied by 2, regardless of the amount of portions in the container. So if you eat the whole container, it is 1,000 calories, or about 1.5 calories per serving.
To counter this trend, we now highlight the calorie information on the Nutrition Facts label with large bold text. The bolder and larger the text, the greater the effect of the calories.