Serving Size

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Nutritional facts on a foods label can sometimes be misleading. When calculating calories and other nutritional information, its important to know the serving size. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about food labels and serving size in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Nutrition facts labels, located on the outside of packaged foods, help us to know whats in our food. They can be pretty confusing, though, especially for children. But we do get some very important information from food labels.

For example, all labels have a section for serving size. A serving size on a food label is the recommended amount of food for an adult. For example, a serving of whole grain cereal is cup. Think about your cereal bowl. Are you eating only cup of cereal?

Its ok to eat more than one serving, just be aware that the calories and nutritional information must then be multiplied as well. Todays food packaging can be misleading.

When we are snacking, the label can also help us to know how much is too much. One bag of chips from the convenience store that looks like a single serving might actually contain two or more servings.

Always read the label. Remember, proper amounts of healthy foods will keep us feeling great.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.