Answers to Common Health Literacy Questions

Premier Physician Network providers answer frequently asked questions about health literacy.

Why is it important to pay attention to serving sizes?

It’s important to pay attention to serving sizes, especially those listed on packaged foods, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Some packages – including many small bags of snacks, such as chips, crackers or candy – contain more than one serving.

If the “Servings Per Container” listing near the top of the Nutrition Facts Label says more than one and you eat the entire container, you have to remember to multiply the number of calories and all the nutrients by the number of servings you ate, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For example, if a package lists that there are two servings of potato chips inside and you eat the entire package, you would have to multiply the listed amounts of calories and nutrients by two to get the actual amount of calories and nutrients you consume, according to the FDA.

Talk to you doctor for more information about the importance to paying attention to serving sizes.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Christopher Aviles, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians; Michael Dulan, MD, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Aleda Johnson, MD, Liberty Family Medicine; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Joseph Leithold, MD, Woodcroft Family Practice; Anne Nestor, MD, Trenton Family Medicine; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Jennifer Romaker, NP-C, Fairfield Road Physician Offices