# understanding food labels

Topics: Nutrition / Pages: 5 (620 words) / Published: Nov 7th, 2014
Assignment: Understanding Food Labels
SCI/241
AURORA MERRY

Assignment: Understanding Food Labels
Complete your Understanding Food Labels assignment by providing a 350- to 700-word response in APA format to the Assignments tab. Include the following:

Discuss and define what the 5/20 rule is according to the “Food Label and You” video and include an example from your own pantry.

Discuss the six key food label facts presented in the “How to Understand Nutritional Food Label” article that can help consumers understand food labels more effectively.

Examine the food labels for three items or nutrients you find in your own pantry or refrigerator. Name the product and build a list or a chart for the following components for each item:

Total Calories per serving
Percentage of Calories from fat (You will have to do some math to determine this answer. Remember that each gram of fat contains 9 Calories. To calculate the % of Calories from fat, you will have to divide the number of Calories from fat by the total Calories per serving and then multiply by 100.)
Total amount of carbohydrates (in grams)
Total amount of protein (in grams)
Total amount of fiber (in grams)

The 5/20 rule is a great way to determine whether a food has a high or low amount of a particular nutrient per serving. A food that has a nutrient with a %DV of 5% or less is low in that particular nutrient and is not considered to be a good source of that nutrient. The video gives the example of orange juice and that orange juice only has 5% of the daily values of calcium. A food that has a nutrient with a %DV of 20% or more is high in that particular nutrient. The example that was given was milk, so to choose between the two, milk would be the better choice for the %DV of calcium.
Discuss the six key food label facts presented in the “How to Understand Nutritional Food Label” article that can help consumers understand food labels more effectively.

The first thing is the serving size, the