Labels on food products provide a lot of information about the food we eat.
There are two types of food labels:
  • Ingredients are listened on the packages by the amount of the ingredients that are in the product. If flour is the first ingredient listed, then there is more flour used to make the product than any other ingredient.
  • Nutrition labels show the nutrition facts. Nutrition facts include:
    • Serving Size
    • Calories
    • Nutrients
    • Footnote
 1. Serving Size
 2. Calories
 3. Nutrients
 4. Footnote
Collect labels from the cans and boxes of a variety of products. Bring them to your Girl Scout meeting.
  • Copy down the information above from each label.
  • Discuss with your troop how this information can help you make smart food choices.
  • Compare the differences in amounts of serving sizes.
  • Which foods are higher in fiber, calories, vitamins, protein and sugar?
Program Reference: Girl Scouts of the USA (2001) "Compare Food Labels". Junior Girl Scout Handbook (123).
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