Reading a Nutrition Label: Part 6
Today we will look at Protein and the Vitamins & Minerals listed on the Nutrition Label.
Protein: You need protein in your diet to help your body repair cells and make new ones. Protein is also important for growth and development. Protein contains 4 calories per gram. If you do some basic math, you will be able to calculate the calories from protein in a serving and the percentage of calories from protein (see below).
Vitamins & Minerals: Most labels will list Vitamins A and C, and the minerals Iron and Calcium. Other labels may list alternative vitamins and minerals to help the consumer know what is inside the product. If you are interested in a Vitamins & Minerals list with details about the quantity a person needs and the source of the vitamins/minerals – please let me know!
Total Protein per Serving: 3g
Calories per Serving: 230 calories
Total Calories from Protein per serving: 3g x 4 calories = 12 calories per serving from Protein
Percentage of calories from Protein: 12 calories / 230 calories (the value listed for calories in one serving) = 5% Fat