August 24, 2016

Food Labels

Food sample Labels should be precise and easily understood. Among the information that they should have from the top include; the serving size, calories, nutrient composition, facts about the nutrients and the daily percentage intakes at the bottom section (Bhalerao A. 2015).


The dosage and directions display the quantity of each nutrient present in the food sample and the amount to be consumed. For instance if the sample indicated as 0.5 serving, one serving and much about the daily values involved. These are the quantities that one is supposed to take as per the packaging itself. An instance the label having one serving for a quantity 228g per cup, for calories it may contain 150 So taking two cups, it means 500 calories are also taken calories and the derived fats to the amount of energy derived from the food. This help check the weight as per the medical requirement. The amount consumed tell how much energy in kilojoules from the food sample. Example, if there are about 150 calories in Macaroni and Cheese, in a single serving we can have about 90 to 100 showing that about ½ of fat come from calories (Bhalerao A. 2015).

The nutrients composition indicate the amount each substance in the food in percentage. Example, a package may be having total fat of about 20%, cholesterol content of 5%, minerals 25% depending on diet and quantity taken. The footnotes and the nutrient facts should include the daily values consumed when the sample is taken together with dietary guidance. For each of the nutrients included, there are limits provided for one to follow strictly based on a daily diet as per the nutritionists. Also, the percentage daily value is included. For instance, the 200 calorie diet, not 250 to determine the required daily intake (Bhalerao A. 2015).

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