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Read the Nutrition Facts Labels

Companies that make food products are allowed to decide what the serving size on their product should be. This serving size is often based on how much an average person would eat.

For instance, a Nutrition Facts label on a package of bread might list one serving as two slices of bread with 110 calories and 19 grams of carbohydrate. However, one serving from the starch group is defined by the American Dietetic Association and the American Diabetes Association as one slice of bread with about 80 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrate. Serving sizes on Nutrition Facts labels vary depending on the product and the company that makes it. For this reason, it is always important to look at the serving size and calories on the Nutrition Facts labels.

Select the number of bread and pizza slices, and click View Label, to view the nutrition facts.

Number of bread slices:
Number of pizza slices:
Nutrition Facts for Bread
Servings size 1 slice (20 grams)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 55
Calories from Fat 3
  % Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.8 g
1%
Saturated Fat 0 g
0%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
0%
Sodium 115 mg
5%
Total Carbohydrate 9.5 g
3%
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
2%
Sugars 1 g
Protein 1.5 g
*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 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65 g 80 g
Sat Fat Less than 20 g 25 g
Cholesterol Less than 300 mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400 mg 2,400 mg
Total carbohydrate 300 g 375 g
Dietary fiber 25 g 30 g
Nutrition Facts for Pizza
Servings size 1 slice (20 grams)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 208
Calories from Fat 58
  % Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.4 g
10%
Saturated Fat 3 g
5%
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
0%
Sodium 672 mg
28%
Total Carbohydrate 41 g
14%
Dietary Fiber 0 g
0%
Sugars 1 g
Protein 15 g
*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 2,500
Total Fat Less than 65 g 80 g
Sat Fat Less than 20 g 25 g
Cholesterol Less than 300 mg 300 mg
Sodium Less than 2,400 mg 2,400 mg
Total carbohydrate 300 g 375 g
Dietary fiber 25 g 30 g
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