Our body needs many kinds of foods to keep it strong and healthy. Do you know what your body gets from the foods you eat? How can you find out? The front of the food package may look very nice, but is that food good for you?
To find out, look on the side or the back of the package, where you will see a Nutrition Facts label. There is a lot you can learn from the information there. Here is a guide to what you should look for.
1 Serving size.
This number will be at the top of the label. It tells you what your body gets if you eat that amount of food. For example, if you buy a can of tomato soup you may see that the serving size is 1 cup.
All of the numbers found on the label are for 1 cup of the soup. Let’s say there are 100 calories in 1 cup of tomato soup. But what if you eat two cups? There will be 200 calories in 2 cups of tomato soup.
2 Servings per container.
This number is right below the serving size. It tells you how many portions are inside the package. For example, there may be one, two or maybe more servings per container. This helps you decide how much of the food to eat.