The Food and Drug Administration has strict mandates for the information that must be included on food and medicine labels. For instance, a food label must list the corresponding food’s number of calories, total fat, cholesterol, sodium, protein, and carbohydrates, among others. Also, a food label will usually contain a list of the vitamins that can be found in the product. Most importantly, a food label lists the serving size, which is the portion of the product for which the vitamin and nutrient values are true. Some food manufacturers use odd serving sizes to make it look as if a product is healthier than it is. When making a comparison, one should always calculate the amount of nutrients per unit of measure (grams or fluid ounces, for example) to account for these serving size distortions.
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Last updated: 12/29/2017
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