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Page 1 of 3 What is on A Nutrition Facts Label? Information from Patty Poon, M.Sc. Last updated: May 2006 In 1990, the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act went into effect. As a result, all packaged food products must contain the following information: Common name of the product Name and address of the product's manufacturer Components of a Nutrition Facts panel Nutrition Facts Macronutrients (fats, proteins, and carbohydrates including fiber) and vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron are essential to the nutrition facts label. Other common nutri- ents, such as total fat, saturated fats, cholesterol, and sodium, are required fields. Other nutrients, such as potassium and Vitamin K, are optional and not re- quired to be listed. Each package must identify the quantities of specified nutrients and food constituents for one serving. It is important to note the following: 1 g of fat = 9 Cal 1 g of protein = 4 Cal 1 g of carbohydrate = 4 Cal 1 g of alcohol = 7 Cal Serving Size It is always important to pay attention to a serving size. For instance, in a box of macaroni and cheese, a serving size is 1 cup. So if you eat only ½ cup of macaroni, then you need to divide in half all of the nutrition contents listed on the label to see your intake. In addition, if you look at the servings per container and times that by the serving size, then there is 2 cups of macaroni in the box. Therefore, if you eat the whole box of macaroni, you will need to double all of the nutrition contents. Calories (Cal) Calories provide a measure of how much energy you obtain after eating a portion of food. Many consumers are surprised to find that fat-free or sugar-free products are not necessarily low in calories. Percent Daily Values
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