May Nutrition Notes: Reading and Understanding Nutrition Labels

Reading and understanding nutrition labels can help you:

  • Make healthier eating choices
  • Stick to one serving size
  • Know what you are putting into your body
  • Be aware of hidden ingredients

Typical nutrition label includes:


Serving size: this tells you what a serving size is supposed to be. It also tells you how many total servings there are in the container.

Amount of calories: amount given is per serving.

% DV: percent daily values. This is based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Limit These Nutrients: this area discusses fats, cholesterol, and sodium.

Get Enough of These: this section shares vitamins that are important for our diet.

Nutrition Label Tip Card: Nutrition Labels