Many governments are adopting policies for consumers to understand food labels since it is identified as an important tool to tackle the increasing incidence of obesity and other chronic non-communicable diseases. Generally, nutrition labels falls into two categories, the back-of-package (BOP) and the front-of-package (FOP) labels. The BOP nutrition label informs consumers of the nutritional properties of food.
The following mentioned label-building skills are intended to make it easier for you to use nutrition labels to make quick, informed food choices contributing to a healthy diet. Here is a sample nutrition facts label you can refer to as we explain each section in detail.
For each nutrient listed, there is a DV, a %DV, and dietary advice/goal. If one follows this dietary advice, they comply with recommended upper or lower limits based on the listed nutrients of a 2,000 calorie daily diet.
Below example explains how DV relates to %DV:
Upper Limit - Eat "Less than"
Lower Limit - Eat "At least"