Using Food Labels
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Using Food Labels teaches students that food labels provide important information about the nutritional value of foods. Students will investigate the amount of sugar contained in a typical soft drink. They also will become familiar with the units of measurement commonly used on food labels and learn about healthful eating.
After the activity, ask the class, How many teaspoons of sugar did you put into the measuring cup? Were you surprised by the amount of sugar in one soft drink? How many soft drinks would you need to meet your daily total carbohydrate requirement? Do you think that that would be a good way to fuel your body?
Keywords: lesson | experiment | food | nutrition | food label | nutrition | nutrition facts | serving | serving size | calories | sugar | fat | cholesterol | sodium | grams | mg | carbohydrate | trans fat | saturated fat | protein | vitamins | minerals | fiber
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- Moreno N., and B. Tharp. (2011). The Science of Food: Teacher’s Guide. Fourth edition. Baylor College of Medicine. ISBN: 978-1-888997-76-7.
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