Nutrition and Food Label

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Understanding Food Labels Worksheet

Part A: Analyzing a Food Label

Complete the table below by filling in the requested items. Use the food label of your favorite snack to obtain the information needed.

Part B: Calculating Calories

Complete the equations below by using the information you obtained in Part A tables. Use figure 5.19 of the Visualizing Nutrition textbook as a guidance.

Number of calories from proteins: __4__x_2__ = __8____
1 gram of protein = 4 calories

Number of calories from carbs: ____4_x__16___=__64_______
1 gram of carbs = 4 calories

Number of calories from fat: ___9__x__8___=_____72____
1 gram of fat = 9 calories

If you were to eat the entire product, how many calories would you have consumed: Fat: ___72_____
Proteins: _8_______
Carbohydrates: __64______
Total calories: ____144____

Part C: Food Label Questions

Response to each of the following questions using the information obtained in Parts A and B.

1. How many calories/grams,fat/grams, and carbohydrates/grams protein are there for the entire package? 140 calories, 8g of fat, 16g carbs and 2 grams of protein.

2. How much fiber is there per serving/package? 1g of fiber.

3. If the recommended fiber intake per day is 25-30 grams, would this food item be a good source of fiber? Why or why not? No. The food is a bag of chips which is not healthy for you and it only contains 1g of fiber.

4. If there were 0.49 grams trans fat per serving in the food item you are analyzing, how much trans fat would be consumed if you were to eat the entire package? (Trans fat rule: if there is less than 0.5 grams of trans fats per serving in a food, it can be listed on the food label as ‘0 grams trans fat per serving.) Zero transfat.

5. How can a person determine whether or not there are trans fats in a food? The package will...
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