2.  Calories and Calories from Fat

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Calories provide a measure of how much energy you get from a serving of this food. Many Americans consume more calories than they need without meeting recommended intakes for a number of nutrients. The calorie section of the label can help you manage your weight. If you burn more calories than you intake, you'll most likely lose weight. If you consume more calories than you burn, you'll most likely gain weight.

Remember: the number of servings you consume determines the number of calories you actually eat (your portion amount).


In this example, there are 250 calories in one serving of this macaroni and cheese. How many calories from fat are there in ONE serving? Answer: 110 calories, which means almost half the calories in a single serving come from fat. What if you ate the whole package content? Then, you would consume two servings, or 500 calories, and 220 would come from fat.

General Guide to Calories

- 40 calories is low

- 100 calories is moderate

- 400 calories or more is high

The General Guide to Calories provides a general reference for calories when you look at a Nutrition Facts label. This guide is based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Eating too many calories per day is linked to overweight and obesity.