Nutrition Facts Labeling

"Nutrition Facts" is the name at the top of food nutrition labels. In accordance with the National Labeling and Education Act (NLEA), food labels have been standardized to provide consistent information. A limited sampling of Nutrition Facts is shown below.

Nutritional data will vary for turkey products, depending on the special features. To obtain nutritional information about specific turkey products, review the Nutritional Facts panel in detail.

Analysis: Whole Turkey, roasted, skinless

Calories

Notice the total calories and the calories from fat. A balanced diet will include a wide variety of foods with different amounts of fat.

Nutrients

The government has identified specific nutrients that must be listed on Nutrition Facts labels. Other nutrients must be listed only when a nutrient claim is made about them or when the food is fortified or enriched with a nutrient. Turkey provides a variety of nutrients.

Calories per Gram

Other valuable information on the labels is a listing of calories per gram for fat, carbohydrates and protein.

Serving Size

The labeling regulations re-defined serving sizes for many foods. Serving sizes are clearly stated.

Percent (%) Daily Value

Nutrients are listed by weight (e.g., grams and milligrams) and by "percent daily value." This figure defines the share or percentage of the total daily need for each listed nutrient as represented by one serving of the food. Each percent daily value for the food in the package is based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

Daily Values

At the bottom of the label is a listing of daily values for key nutrients for a 2,000-calorie diet and a 2,500-calorie diet. The 2,000-calorie diet is a general recommendation from the National Research Council for active adult Americans. An active man might consume 2,500 calories, while a small or inactive woman might require far less than 2,000 calories.

An individual's daily values for some nutrients may be different, depending on personal calorie needs. However, daily values for some nutrients are the same for all healthy adults. Examples are the daily values for cholesterol and sodium.

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