The Nutrition Facts Panel
Know Your Serving Size
A great place to start when reading the Nutrition Facts panel is right at the top, with Serving Size. This sets the stage to know what amount of the food or beverage that all of the following information refers to. On the example to the [right], the serving size is 1 cup, so if you actually eat the entire package, a total of 2 cups, for example, you’ll have to multiply all the values on the label by 2. Number of servings per container is helpful if you’re not sure what a cup or an ounce or a tablespoon of a food looks like. Here, since there are 2 servings in the container, you’ll be able to estimate that half of the whole container equals 1 serving.