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Interactive Nutrition Facts Panel

IN ADVANCE

  1. Review the Reading Food Labels handout in the Instructor Guide.

 

DURING CLASS

  1. ASK: Do you use the nutrition facts panel when choosing food options? What information do you look at or find useful?

  2. Display enlarged nutrition facts panel for one serving of Mac & Cheese. Facilitate conversation around strategies for reading nutrition facts labels, using Mac & Cheese as a guide,

  3. ASK: How does your typical portion compare with the serving size listed on the nutrition facts label?

  4. SHARE: A "serving" is the amount of food recommended in consumer education materials such as MyPlate. A "portion" is the amount of food you choose to eat at any one time - which may be more or less than a serving. Serving sizes are decided upon by the manufacturer, and may or may not reflect your typical portion. This may not be a bad thing! But you need to keep it in mind, and do the math to compare the nutrients in your portion to the manufacturer's serving size. Show one-cup measurement as the visual representation of the serving size.

  5. Flip nutrition facts panel over, displaying the nutritional information for an entire box.  ASK: What do you notice when we account for our typical portion? What are some strategies that we could use to incorporate Mac & Cheese into a healthy diet?

  6. ASK: In trying to stay within the appropriate serving size, what are some strategies we can use to make a meal more satisfying?

 

Interactive Nutrition Facts Panel

IN ADVANCE

  1. Review the Reading Food Labels handout in the Instructor Guide.

 

DURING CLASS

  1. ASK: Do you use the nutrition facts panel when choosing food options? What information do you look at or find useful?

  2. Display enlarged nutrition facts panel for one serving of Mac & Cheese. Facilitate conversation around strategies for reading nutrition facts labels, using Mac & Cheese as a guide,

  3. ASK: How does your typical portion compare with the serving size listed on the nutrition facts label?

  4. SHARE: A "serving" is the amount of food recommended in consumer education materials such as MyPlate. A "portion" is the amount of food you choose to eat at any one time - which may be more or less than a serving. Serving sizes are decided upon by the manufacturer, and may or may not reflect your typical portion. This may not be a bad thing! But you need to keep it in mind, and do the math to compare the nutrients in your portion to the manufacturer's serving size. Show one-cup measurement as the visual representation of the serving size.

  5. Flip nutrition facts panel over, displaying the nutritional information for an entire box.  ASK: What do you notice when we account for our typical portion? What are some strategies that we could use to incorporate Mac & Cheese into a healthy diet?

  6. ASK: In trying to stay within the appropriate serving size, what are some strategies we can use to make a meal more satisfying?

 
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