Understanding Food Labels

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Understanding Food Labels
Jacqueline Allen
SCI/241
February 7, 2013
Professor John Menez

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide consumers with the knowledge they need to choose the right food to bring themselves to their healthiest level. Based on their lifestyle and medical issues they can get the right balance by using the 5/20 rule as well as the six key label facts to assist them in making good decision choices and getting the nutrients they need for overall good health.

Understanding Food Labels

The 5/20 rule is used to judge the value of nutrients that are needed or healthy and for those things in the foods that are not needed or not so healthy. 5 stands for 5% or lower of a nutrient is not enough and 5% of something that is not needed or unhealthy for example; fats, sugars, etc. is acceptable. The 20 in the 5/20 stands for 20% of a nutrient needed or healthy for example; vitamin C or Protein is acceptable at 20% or more however 20% of an unneeded or unhealthy nutrient is unacceptable. Using this rule allows consumers to make better and healthier choices about their eating habits.
The nutrition labels are divided into these six key fact sections; Serving Size, Amount of Calories, Limit these Nutrients, Get enough of these Nutrients, Percent (%) Daily Value, and Footnote Daily Values. When reading a food label the amount of calories is figured per serving. If the bag or container lists the serving size as four then the calories shown on the label will be for one quarter of the total content in the bag or container. The serving size on the packaging will usually list the serving size as for example; 5-7 pieces, 6 ounces, or 1 cup. The nutrients that are unhealthy when over the 5 in the 5/20 rule would be the ones you want to limit for example; Saturated fats, or Sodium. In the next section of the label will be the nutrients that we…...

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