Introduce kids to food label reading. Help them discover the sugar content and serving sizes on food labels to guide decision-making about food choices.
Introduce kids to tips on how to read the sugar content and serving sizes on a food label to guide decision-making about food and beverage choices.
Q: Do all foods in the grocery store have nutrition labels? (Pause for kids to respond.) What if I told you that many of the green-light foods do not have to have labels! It's true! They don't need a label because they are "whole" foods—meaning they are not processed with other ingredients. How many foods can you think of that do not have labels?
A: Any raw fruit or vegetable is a correct answer. Kids may also identify meats or fish.
(Show kids the What's in Your Food printable.) This paper gives you important information about what to look for when you see a food or beverage label.
Turn and talk with a friend. Name 3 important things to know about reading labels. (Listen for responses similar to the list below.)
When you get home, pick three foods from your cupboard and look at their food labels. Which is the best choice? What makes you think that?
Time: 10 Minutes