Understanding Nutrition Facts
How to Read Nutrition Labels
From vitamins and minerals to the food's ingredients, the nutrition facts label is your guide to the nutritional value of the foods you provide your kids. Understanding the nutrition facts can help you make healthier choices for your growing child.
You can read the nutrition facts label to determine the amounts of nutrients — like fat, protein, and fiber — in specific products. Knowing this information can help you decide whether a specific food or drink is right for your kid. Reading the ingredients list can also help you avoid foods your child might be allergic to.
Nutrition Facts for Kids: The Breakdown
Helping your child understand how nutrition facts work plays an important role in reinforcing healthy eating habits. Here's a quick, kid-friendly look at some of the key parts of the nutrition facts panel.
1,400 to 2,000 (boys)
1,800 to 2,600 (boys)
31 grams (boys)
The more practice you get reading food labels, the better you'll become at using them as a tool to help your child get the proper amount of nutrition. For more information about how to use the nutrition facts label, check out the FDA's website.
1US Department of Health & Human Services. The report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2010.asp.