How to Read Food Labels for Healthy Eating : Healthy Serving Sizes on Food Labels

How to Read Food Labels for Healthy Eating : Healthy Serving Sizes on Food Labels


Hi. I’m Brenda Thompson, Registered Dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment, I’m going to talk about starting
with the serving sizes when reading a food label. Here, if you look at this food label,
the serving size is starting here with one ounce. This tells us that for sixteen chips,
we will receive one hundred and twenty calories. And any other nutrients located on this food
label is for sixteen chips. It’s very important when you are looking at food labels to determine
what the serving size really means. For instance, one gallon of milk equals sixteen cups. So
you want to notice that if you are looking on the food label for a gallon of milk and
it says “one cup.” If you drink the entire gallon of milk, you are going to want to multiply
the amount of calories by sixteen to determine how many calories are in the entire gallon
of milk. It’s the same here. This food label does not say “servings per container.” Let’s
say it has two. If you were to eat the entire bag of chips, you would eat sixteen chips
two times. So if you wanted to figure out how many calories you are consuming, you would
multiply this by two. That is why it is important to start with the serving size.