Guide to the Nutrition Facts Panel

Nutrition Guide Sample

Every once in awhile I like to geek out with Microsoft Visio and put together a one-page guide that I think might be useful, complete with the requisite number of squiggly arrows.

Today was one of those whiles, so in a style similar to last summer’s Smoothie Flowchart (but perhaps with a bit more substance) I’m pleased to present The Eating Rules Guide to the Nutrition Facts Panel! (PDF, 745k, 8.5″x11″)

Intended to be a fun and accessible introduction on how to decipher the omnipresent Nutrition Facts panel, this guide will give you a quick overview of what’s most important. I walk you through what I look for on the label, and give a handful of useful pointers along the way.

Take a look, print it out, and stick it on the fridge for everyone in the family to read. And please let me know what you think in the comments!

The Eating Rules Guide to the Nutrition Facts Panel (PDF, 745k, 8.5″x11″)

This is not intended to be a comprehensive guide or to replace any qualified medical advice. It’s just an overview, and I’ve left lots of important stuff out. If you want to learn more, check out the FDA’s How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label.

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Stephanie
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Stephanie
November 18, 2010 3:32 am

Nice job with Visio!! At least I know I’m reading the right stuff everytime I read the label. And now I know what some terms mean-maltodextrose, anyone? Thanks for the guide. Can’t wait to put it on the fridge for the kids to read!!!

Casey Barber
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November 19, 2010 9:28 am

Geek out all you want, Andrew – this is fantastic! Great for those of us who are still sneaking in the processed stuff (hello, Carr’s water crackers) now and then.

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nerd
January 12, 2011 1:00 pm

Geek out all you want, Andrew – this is fantastic! Great for those of us who are still sneaking in the processed stuff (hello, Carr’s water crackers) now and then.

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