Posted by: 4pack | May 14, 2009

“Ideal Diet”: Average American Adult Consumes 2,775 Calories Per Day And The “Misreading” Of Serving Size May Be Part Of The Problem

It’s really important to first look at the serving size and know that the nutritional information pertains to that serving size, which is determined by the FDA. An example would be a can of mango juice. It has about 24 ounces, but if you look at the serving size, it says 8 ounces. The 120 calories listed on the label relates to the serving size, so if you drink the whole can, it’s actually 360 calories. “When I show people that, a lot of times they’re surprised,” Carani said.
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A registered dietitian with the Lake County Health Department, Isa Carani is promoting label literacy to combat diseases such as diabetes and promote healthier lifestyles.

The average adult consumes 2,775 calories per day, according to the most recent USDA statistics, which is nearly 40 percent above the recommended amount.

With obesity rates soaring, dieting is a national concern, but for the nearly 24 million Americans with diabetes, it can be a matter of life and death.


At increased risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and other complications, diabetics use the labels to help regulate caloric intake and blood sugar levels, a crucial daily regimen.

Found on most packaged foods, the FDA-required Nutrition Facts is a list of calories, fat, carbohydrates, sodium and other nutrients available in one serving. It also includes a jumble of percentages, ingredients and seemingly obscure data, all serving to confuse most consumers, Carani said.


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