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Around the Block Nutrition Facts at a Glance: Nutrients

 
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Nutrients

The Nutrition Facts Label on food packages lists many different nutrients. Spot The Block can help your child understand all about these important parts of the diet. Nutrients to get more of are important for creating and maintaining a healthy body, and they can help tweens get the strong bones and great-looking skin, hair and nails they want!

Help Kids Get Their Food Facts First by Choosing Nutrients Wisely!

The Percent Daily Values (% DV) section of the Nutrition Facts Label on food packages lets you identify the "Value" of a particular nutrient in a serving (based on a 2000-calorie daily eating plan). The percentages show you if the packaged food is rich in the nutrients that you want to get more of.
  • 5% or less means a food is low in that nutrient
  • 20% or more means a food is high in that nutrient
For some nutrients high is good. For others, you should try to aim for low. (There is no %DV for Trans Fat and Sugar. You should try to aim for low.)
 

Nutrients to Get More Of

  • Calcium
  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C

Nutrients to Get Less Of

  • Sodium
  • Total Fat
  • Saturated Fat
  • Trans Fat
  • Cholesterol
  • Sugars