The US Food Label helps you determine what nutrients are in the foods you eat. You can easily determine the number of calories; amount of fat, protein, and carbohydrates; as well as vitamins and minerals. Using these labels, you can integrate just about any food item into your meal plan.
Key features of the Food Label are:
- Serving sizes, expressed in both English and Metric units, are based on FDA established reference amounts. Be especially careful in reading serving size information.
- Calories and calories from fat are shown for all food products. Grams of trans fat was added recently to help consumers eliminate trans fat from their diet.
- % Daily Value shows how this serving fits into your daily meal plan.
- Amount of each important nutrient, along with % Daily Value, helps you plan your meals.
- Guidelines are provided for 2,000 and 2,500 calorie diets.
- Calories per gram for protein, carbohydrates and fat are listed.
The Food Label. Click for a larger image.
For additional information about the Food Label, see
- How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label
- Revealing Trans Fats.
- Questions and Answers about Trans Fat Nutrition Labeling.
- The New Food Label (2003)
- The New Food Label includes clickable image map of the Food Label (1999)
- The Food Label & You: Following Food Labels for Healthy Weight Management.
- FDA Focus on Food Labeling
- The Food Pyramid-Food Label Connection
- The New Food Label: Coping with Diabetes
- US FDA/Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition: Food Labeling
- All About Food Labels.
29 November 2004
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