Read nutrition labels to know how much natural and added sugars are inside what we eat and drink.
Students should have the general understanding that the more nutrients in a food or a beverage, the better it is for your body and brain. The lessons in this unit present a fun and interactive way to learn about sugar content in snacks and drinks. Kids will increase their decision-making skills as they learn how to read a food label to tell if an item contains excessive amounts of sugar. They will plan and advocate for nutritious snack and drink choices that are low in added sugar.
Have students turn and talk to discuss why it is important for drivers to follow road signs such as stop signs, traffic lights, and exit signs.
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Signs are Everywhere!
Watch the slideshow and have your students share their ideas about what the silly road signs could mean. Help kids understand that reading a nutrition label is a lot like reading signs in everyday life.
Let kids know that just like roads have instructions or warnings, so does your food!
Explain that nutrition labels are a lot like signs, they tell you what you need to know.
Nutrition labels give information. When you are choosing snacks and drinks, look at the sugar line. It will tell you about the natural and added sugars. “Added sugar” is any sugar that was added to the food at some point. Adding sugar to food does not make it more nutritious.
Snacks and drinks without added sugars give you a bonus! They are full of other nutrients like fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Check for understanding: What sign on your snacks and drinks tells you about the sugar inside?
The previous lesson asked students to bring a nutrition label to school. Students are to find the sugar line on their label and identify total grams of sugar and grams of added sugar. Sequence labels by asking students to form a line showing least to most:
For an added challenge, ask students not to talk during the activity!
Today we learned that a nutrition label will tell you how much natural and added sugars are in snacks and drinks. Next, we will take a closer look at drinks and learn more about healthy choices.
Time: 20 Minutes