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Step up to a Healthier You with the Haldimand-Norfolk Health Unit

Nutrition Labels

Why is the serving size on packaged foods important?

The serving size tells you how much food you need to eat to get the amount of Calories and nutrients shown on the Nutrition Facts table.

How is the serving size shown on the Nutrition Facts table?

There are two types of information that tell you about the serving size:

  • Household measurements
    Look for familiar words like cup and pieces.
  • Metric measurements
    Look for metric measurements like mL (millilitres) and g (grams).

What if you eat less? What if you eat more?

If you eat less than the serving size shown on the Nutrition Facts table you will get less of the Calories and nutrients listed. If you eat more than the serving size shown, you will get more of the Calories and nutrients listed.

For example, if you eat a double serving of cereal, you will get
double the Calories and double of all the nutrients, such as fibre.

© 2007 Canadian Diabetes Association and Dietitians of Canada.