It’s important to note the amounts listed on a nutrition label always indicate the amount in 1 serving, not the total in the container.
Also, the percentage of Daily Values (DV) listed for the nutrients are based on a daily diet of 2000 calories. Your child may eat fewer calories than that in a day, so you should keep that in mind when you’re evaluating the nutrient amounts on a product label.
THE NUTRITION FACTS LABEL PANEL
Nutrition Facts show the amounts in one serving, not the total amounts in the container. This part of the label has five sections of information:
Tells you the weight (in grams or mL) per serving, and the number of servings per container.
Shows the number of calories per serving and how many of those calories come from fat.
Amount of each nutrient per serving, which includes fat, sodium, carbohydrate, fibre, sugar, and protein. This section also indicates the % of daily value for some of the listed nutrients.
VITAMINS & MINERALS:
This listing shows how much of the vitamins and minerals contained are in each serving, along with the percentage of the recommended daily value they represent.
The more practice you get reading food labels, the better you'll become at using them as a tool to help your child get the proper amount of nutrition.
Take a look at a PediaSure Complete® nutrition label and see for yourself why it’s the #1 pediatrician recommended brand.
For more great information about how to use the nutrition facts label and percent daily values, check out Health Canada’s website.