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Solving the Label Puzzle

Age 11, group or independent

45 minutes, plus optional market visit

indoors, with supermarket option

Objective

Compare the nutrient contents of foods in the meat group (meat poultry, fish, beans, eggs, nuts)

Materials

Solution sheet, label sheet, pencils

Get Set

  • Duplicate the label sheet, with or without the nutrition information (depends on whether local supermarkets have nutrition information readily available for seafood, poultry and other meats)

Go catch

  • Ask each individual to either
  • 1) go to a supermarket and find nutrition information for seafood (fish or shellfish) and one other meat (poultry, beef, lamb, pork) and complete the labels, OR
  • 2) use the label sheet with the nutrition facts to complete the solution sheet.
  • Complete the solution sheet and discuss as a group.
  • Compare the nutrients. The serving size should be the same for each of the foods compared (for example, 3 ounces of fish, poultry or meat).

Sailing

  • Make a puzzle by pasting the label to lightweight cardboard and cutting out jigsaw puzzle pieces.
  • Show a family member or friend how to read the label.

Solving the label puzzle

Solution sheet

What two foods are you comparing?

What food has the most calories for a 3-ounce serving?

How many calories does 1 ounce of each have?

What food has the most fat for a 3-ounce serving?

How much fat does each food have in it?

What food has the highest carbohydrate content for a 3-ounce serving?

How much does the protein content differ between the two foods?

If a gram of protein provides 4 calories, how many calories are coming from fish protein?

How does the saturated fat differ between the two foods?

Does the food with the most calories have the most fat?

What food has the most vitamin A?

What food has the most vitamin C?

Do you think either of these foods is a good source of vitamin C?

These foods are a good source of what nutrient?

Which food has the most calcium?

What are the nutrient benefits of eating fish?

Be sure to attach your labels of the foods you compared.


Nutrition Facts

FISH

Rockfish, baked, skinless

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 3oz., cooked

Servings per pound: 4

Amount Per Serving

BEEF

Sirloin Steak, broiled, trimmed

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 3oz., cooked

Servings per pound: 4

Amount Per Serving

Calories 100 Calories from Fat 18

%Daily Value*

Total Fat 2g 4%

Saturated Fat 0g 0%

Cholesterol 40mg 13%

Sodium 65mg 2%

Total Carbohydrate 0 0%
Dietary Fiber 0 0%

Sugars

Protein 20g

Vitamin A 4% · Vitamin C 1%

Calcium 1% · Iron 3%

Calories 178 Calories from Fat 63

%Daily Value*

Total Fat 7g 10%

Saturated Fat 3g 15%

Cholesterol 76mg 25%

Sodium 56mg 2%

Total Carbohydrate 0 0%
Dietary Fiber 0 0%

Sugars

Protein 26g

Vitamin A 0% · Vitamin C 0%

Calcium 1% · Iron 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2500

Total Fat Less than 65g 80g

Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g

Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg

Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g

Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 · Carbohydrate 4 · Protein 4

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories: 2,000 2500
Total Fat Less than 65g 80g

Sat Fat Less than 20g 25g

Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg

Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g 375g

Dietary Fiber 25g 30g

Calories per gram:

Fat 9 · Carbohydrate 4 · Protein 4


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