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September 12, 2023

Where Are the Macronutrients Located on a Nutritional Label?

A nutritional label contains important information about the nutrient content of a food or beverage. It can help individuals make informed dietary choices and maintain a healthy diet. The three macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins and fats) are typically listed on a nutritional label in prominent positions.

Carbohydrates and fats are used for energy by the body. Hence, they are typically listed first on the nutrition label. They are followed by the other nutrients such as dietary fiber, sodium and the percent daily value for vitamins and minerals.

Protein is used for tissue repair and muscle growth. Hence, it is also listed on the top of the nutrition label. It is followed by the other essential nutrients such as sodium and potassium. Minerals are inorganic compounds the body needs in small amounts to carry out various functions such as bone formation and muscle contraction.

The percent daily values for the micronutrients are shown on a nutritional label in a table format. All the manufacturers of edible items follow a standard protocol to mark the quantity type and amount of a nutrient. For example, the amount of saturated fat is marked on the top of the table, then cholesterol and finally the other essential vitamins and minerals. In addition, the label will also contain a reference nutrient value for each of these nutrients that is based on a serving size which is determined by the manufacturer. Thus, if you eat the entire bag of chips then you will need to multiply the nutrient values by 4 in order to understand how much you actually consumed of each nutrient.