It is important to learn to Read the nutrition information labels because this allows you to choose healthy foods. These activities will help you and your family to have more knowledge of what constitutes a good food and a bad one. You can also use these methods in the school setting to learn about nutrition. Most food packaging has a nutrition information label, this allows you to compare them with others.
Comparing labels is something you can do alone but it is also a great way to teach children to read them, whether at school or at home. For this activity you will need two similar food labels; AskDrSears website recommends using cereal box labels. Choose two different types of cereals, one that you think is healthy and another that you're sure is not. Allow the participating house to be part of the activity, review the two labels and talk about which one has more sugar, fat, calories and vitamins. This information will allow you and your group to make a decision about which cereal is the healthiest. Older children and adults can discuss the role that fat, calories, sugar, salt, vitamins and minerals play in relation to health and why they should increase or limit their consumption.
Nutrition Explorations recommends using this activity with middle school, high school, and adult children as a way to teach them what to look for in a nutrition label when buying healthy foods. To do this activity you need 4 to 5 different foods that have labels. Participants should classify the foods from the healthiest to the least healthy, without seeing the labels. After having done the classification they must analyze the nutrition information labels to see if their classification was correct. To make a variation to this activity, they can classify foods based on a specific component of the label, such as the one with more calories to the one that has less or the one that has more vitamin A and the one that has less. If you have a large group you can make several small teams so they can discuss more easily as the activity progresses.
Question and answer
A good way to make sure that participants who are learning about nutrition information labels understand the material, is to do a question and answer session. For this activity, form pairs and give each one a label to ask questions about it. Indiana University recommends questions like "What can you tell me about this nutrition information label?"," How many pieces are in the package based on the size and number of servings? "And" How much fat is there in half a serving or two and a half servings? "Once the questions are finished, the couples should go with others to answer the questions of others and can also discuss their findings.