The Food Label and You: Game Show Review (Are You Smarter Than A Food Label?)


[music] Welcome back to “Are you
Smarter than a Food Label?” the game show that tests
the food label knowledge of ordinary, everyday,
average people. I’m your host, Label Dan, the
FDA’s graphic representation of the nutrition facts label. No, really. Our next contestant hails from
the lettuce capital of the U.S. His friends call him Bulldog,
but say he wouldn’t hurt a fly. All the way from
sunny California, please give a warm nutrition
facts label welcome to Mr. Tim Patrick. [applauding] Tim, we’ll ask you
the question and you’ll have the chance to answer
or go to the food label or simply pass. However, you’re allowed only one
pass before you’re disqualified. Let’s get started. First question is
multiple choice. A serving size is
determined by A, the size of
the package it’s in; B, a predetermined portion that’s
easily found on the nutrition facts label; or C, the weight
of the person eating that particular serving. I’ll–I’ll go with B,
a predetermined portion that’s easily found on
the nutrition facts label. Correct! A package can easily have
more than one serving. Remember, the nutrition facts
label has the serving size and the number of servings
as well as other important nutritional information. Next question, true or false,
the calorie section of the nutrition facts label shows
the number of calories in that particular package. I’ll have to say
true, label man. Oh, I’m sorry, but it shows
the number of calories per serving, not per package. Next question, what
is the 5-20 rule? A, the formula for the number of
calories it takes to run 5 miles in 20 minutes; B, the body’s
standard burn rate for fat in a food; or C, a way to
tell if a food is low or high in a particular nutrient. That’s easy, label man. The answer is C, a way to tell
if a food is low or high in a particular nutrient. That’s right! If a food’s daily value, or DV,
of a nutrient is 5% or less, it’s low in that nutrient. Twenty percent or
more means it’s high. This can be bad or good
depending on if it’s a nutrient you want more or less of. Can you give me an example
of a nutrient on each end of the scale, Tim? Something like saturated fat
would be a good thing to get 5% or less of, I would think. And you probably want
a high number, 20% DV or more, of something like calcium
or fiber, probably. Good choices! Other nutrients to get more of
include vitamins A, C, and iron. And those to get less of
include saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Moving along to our next
question, true or false, it’s impossible to truly know
the nutritional value of a meal when you’re away from home. Tim? Well, I know that many
restaurants are including healthy choices on their menus
now like light fares or low sodium
or low fat selections. I’m not sure if they include
the nutritional value, however. Oh, I did see the nutrition
facts listed on a napkin at one takeout place
the other day. I’m gonna have to go
with false, label man. That’s right! Many restaurants and food chains
are making the nutritional information available
on their Web sites, their menus at the restaurant,
even on the wrappers of their takeout food in some instances. If you can’t find it, just ask. Tim, you’re doin’
pretty good so far. You’ve come down to
the final question. Get this one right
and you win the grand prize. Answer it incorrectly
and you go home empty-handed. Are you ready to put
it all on the line? I am, label man.
Okay, here we go. What are the three things
to remember when making healthy food choices? You have 10 seconds. [music] Okay, Tim, let’s
see how you answered. That would be
calories, servings, and percent daily value. That’s correct! You’re our grand prize winner! Congratulations! Make sure you join
us next time on “Are You Smarter Than
a Food Label?” Bye bye, everybody! [music]

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