Nutrition

You can learn a lot about nutrition in a food label.

Nutrition is very important for your diet and body.

Facts

Be a smart shopper by reading labels to find out more about the foods you eat. Learn the basics of the Nutrition Facts Panel, the meaning of health claims, terms and symbols on food packaging, and how to use that information to identify healthy choices.

  • Daily Values are average levels of nutrients for a person eating 2,000 calories a day. A food item with a 5 percent DV of fat provides 5 percent of the total fat that a person consuming 2,000 calories a day should eat.
  • Percent DV are for the entire day, not just one meal or snack
  • You may need more or less than 2,000 calories per day. For some nutrients you may need more or less than 100 percent DV.


You know about fat and calories, but it is important to also know the additional nutrients on the Nutrition Facts Panel.

  • Protein

    Most Americans eat more protein than they need, so a percentage Daily Value is not required on the label. Eat moderate portions of lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs, low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese, plus beans, peanut butter and nuts.

  • Carbohydrates

    There are three types of carbohydrates: sugars, starches and fiber. Eat whole-grain breads, cereals, rice and pasta plus fruits and vegetables.

  • Sugars

    Simple carbohydrates or sugars occur naturally in foods such as fruit juice (fructose) or come from refined sources such as table sugar (sucrose) or corn syrup.

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This picture is an example of a nutrition fact and shows what it looks like and what you see on it.

Encouragement/ motivation

I encourage each and everyone of you teachers to try your best to stay fit and eat a lot healthier. It's better to live a life running, eating healthier, and staying fit instead of sitting around, being lazy, eating junk food, and not in shape.

I hope the challenge will help each of y'all accomplish your weight loss and getting into shape if you aren't already. Don't give up on staying healthy no matter how hard it is.