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Around the Block Nutrition Facts at a Glance: Serving Size

 
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Serving Size

Understanding the serving size is important. You will have to calculate the total amounts of nutrients based on how many servings your child eats.

At the top of each Nutrition Facts Label, you'll see a serving size measurement. These measurements are based on the amount that people generally eat. All of the information about the nutritional value of the food that is listed on the Nutrition Facts Label is given based on that specific serving size.

Use the Serving Size to Help Your Child Measure Nutrients

By knowing what a serving size is for a particular food, you can help your child calculate the amount of nutrients in a variety of food. When tweens know how many calories and nutrients they're actually getting in a food they're eating, they are better prepared to make healthy choices about what and how much they eat.

The number of servings per container tells you how many servings are in the whole package. So, if one serving is 1 cup, and the number of servings in the package is 5, there are 5 cups per package.

For example, a packaged muffin may contain 300 calories, but if the serving size listed on the Nutrition Facts Label is "1/2 muffin", then there will be 2 servings in the package and the whole muffin will contain 600 calories.

Another example is a package with a serving size of 2 crackers. If you eat 4 crackers (which would be two servings), you need to double all of the nutrition information found on the Nutrition Facts Label.

It's helpful to compare similar products by serving size to identify the amounts of calories and nutrients in each and then make healthful dietary decisions. Evaluating foods by serving size is an easy way for you and your child to see the nutrition content in various food products.