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  • Companies are required by law to put certain information on their food packages. They must

  • put the name and address of the manufacturer, packer, or distributor so any problems can

  • be reported. The common or usual product name must also be posted. The net contents must

  • also be listed in weight, measure, or count. Companies can also list health claims on their

  • packages if they meet certain criteria. For example, a company cannot just say this product

  • is low in fat so that you will buy it. It has to meet standards set in order to claim

  • that benefit. If they do meet those standards, a company can choose to put those claims on

  • their product. As we learned in Chapter 2 some health claims may be less reliable than

  • othersyou must read the fine print. Companies are also required to put a food label on their

  • package. The food label will list information that can be very helpful in determining if

  • that food is worth eating or not. Let's look at this food label and describe each section.

  • At the top of the food label will be the serving size. This is the first thing someone should

  • look at on the food label. The food label is going to tell you how many nutrients there

  • are per serving size. For example if the serving size is a ½ cup and you eat a full cup you

  • would double all the numbers on the food label. The food label will also tell you how many

  • servings there are per container. The food label is required to list calorie information

  • next. It will also tell you how many calories are from fat. This is then required to list

  • several other pieces of information: Total fat, saturated fat, and trans fat. Sometimes

  • a label will list mono and poly unsaturated fats, but they are not required to list those

  • types of fat. Cholesterol, Sodium, Total Carbohydrate, fiber, sugars, and protein will also be listed.

  • The daily values will be listed as percentages on the side. These apply to a 2000 calorie

  • diet, so may not be helpful to most people. The daily values will be most useful in comparing

  • foods. This food has 6% fiber, so it has more than this food which only has 3%. If you are

  • not on a 2000 diet you wouldn't use those numbers to determine if you were getting an

  • adequate amount of that nutrient. The food label will also list daily value amounts of

  • vitamin a, vitamin c, calcium, iron, and any other vitamin or mineral they feel is important

  • to include. The area after that will be standard on all food labels. It gives information about

  • the daily values, how many nutrients are needed for someone on a 2000-2500 calorie diet, and

  • calorie per gram reminders. The food label will then list ingredients. These ingredients

  • must be listed in descending order of predominance by weight. That means that the ingredient

  • that the product contains the most of will come first. This can be very important in

  • determining if this is a good product to choose or not. For example if sugar is one of the

  • first ingredients then it may be lacking in nutritional value. The food label can be a

  • very good tool to making good healthy food decisions.

Companies are required by law to put certain information on their food packages. They must

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    阿多賓 posted on 2014/01/22
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