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Analyzing Food Labels PURPOSE: To understand the nutritional value of packaged foods by interpreting their labels. BACKGROUND: Food supplies us with the matter required to build living tissue and the energy to do work (including growth, the function of organs, and the digestion of food itself). The energy content of food is measured in calories. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that food companies include a list of ingredients contained in their products. They are listed with the ingredient present in the greatest amount first and the one present in the least amount listed last. The FDA also requires food makers to include nutritional information of serving per size and amount of different nutrients in foods. Such labeling is intended to help the consumer make better judgments about the product he or she is purchasing and to make it easier for consumers to analyze and compare products before they buy. MATERIALS: o Food Labels o Food label Handout o Paper, Pencil PROCEDURE: For each food product, complete the following: 1. Identify your product name and record on the data table 2. Look at the nutritional facts and record the serving size, calories, total fat, total carbohydrates, sugars, and protein. (Note: record in grams (g)) 3. Below the name identify ingredients related to carbohydrates CONCLUSION QUESTIONS: Use a separate piece of paper to answer the following questions. 1. What information other than what you recorded can be found on most food labels? 2. Which food has the most calories per serving? 3. Which food has the most calories per gram (Hint: you must calculate this)? 4. Why is it important to look at both the serving size and the calories per serving when comparing foods? 5. How do you know what ingredient on the food label is found in the greatest quantity? 6. Why are food labels important? 7. Based the ingredients that you listed for each product that are related to carbohydrates, which food would be best to eat for quick energy? Explain your answer. 8. Why might it be okay that some food labels do not include certain facts in the Nutritional Facts section? 9. Explain something that you will change about your food choices now that you have learned more about food labels? NAME: _______________________________________ BLOCK __________ DATE: _________ DATA TABLE: (NOTE: 1mL = 1g) PRODUCT NAME/ CARBOHYDRATE INGREDIENTS SERVING SIZE (mL or g) CALORIES FAT (g) TOTAL CARBS (g) SUGARS (g) PROTEIN (g)