What food items are exempt from having a nutrition facts label?
In the United States, almost all food products are required to have a nutrition facts label. Foods that are not required to have a food label include foods that are in very small packages, foods prepared in a store, and foods sold by small companies.
A free food has a serving of:
A serving of food that has 20 calories or less and less than five grams of carbohydrates is considered to be a "free food."
A low fat food has:
A food considered to be "low fat" has three grams or less of fat per serving. Keep in mind, "low fat" does not mean "fat free!"
What is the recommended daily intake of sodium for an average individual?
Most people exceed their recommended daily intake of sodium. When reading food labels, be aware that you should generally not exceed 2300 mg of sodium each day.
Who should consume less than the recommended daily intake of sodium?
People with elevated blood pressure should limit their sodium intake. Although sodium does not affect your blood sugar levels it is still recommended to limit your daily intake of sodium to the recommended dose.
What is included in the carbohydrate number on a Nutrition Facts label?
The carbohydrate number on a nutrition facts label includes all carbohydrates, including fiber and sugar. To get a better estimate of carbohydrate content, it's best to subtract the fiber amount from the total carbohydrate number.
Where can you find the listing of sugar alcohols on a nutrition facts label?
You can find sugar alcohol numbers indented under the carbohydrates category on a Nutrition Facts label. A listing of sugar alcohols, however, will only appear on a nutrition facts label when they are in the food product.
A product with a 20 percent or more "Daily Value" of a nutrient is considered to be:
The "Percentage Daily Value" column on a nutrient facts label indicates how much of a nutrient is in a single serving based on a daily diet of 2,000 calories. A "Daily Value" of 20 percent or more of a nutrient is considered to be a high source of that nutrient.
If you see the term "reduced" on a food product, it means that the product has ______ less of a nutrient.
The term "reduced" on a food product means that the manufacturer altered the food product so that it contains 25 percent less of a nutrient, such as fat, sodium or carbohydrates.
If you see the term "free" on a food product, it means:
A "free" product literally means the product is nutrient "free." The product contains none or almost none of a specific nutrient. For example, a product marked as "sugar-free" has less than 0.5 grams of sugar per serving.
Almost all food products in the United States have food labels, but making sense of these labels can be tricky. Following these labels can be even trickier if you're on a diet to manage your diabetes. Take this quiz and learn how to read nutrition facts labels.
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