Editor’s note
You can read this publication on this page, download the PDF, or order printed copies.
See the companion publication N1010, Understanding Food Labels Handout.

Food label poster explaining the information shared on a food label.

Sarah Wood
Assistant Extension Professor, Department of Health Sciences

Tammy Roberts
Nutrition and Health Extension Specialist

This poster explains the information shared on a food label. It discusses nutrients, percent daily value, serving information, and the ingredients list.

The printed poster is 36-by-24 inches, printed in color on high-gloss poster stock, and rolled and shipped in a tube.

See poster content below.

What Can You Learn From a Food Label?

Example of a nutrition label.

Use food labels to make healthy food choices for your family

  • Information on labels can help you choose products high in nutrients that promote good health and may protect you from disease.
  • Use labels to find products that match your nutrition goals.
  • Compare product labels to decide which is the healthiest choice for your family.
  • Use the label to alert you of the presence of common allergens.

Serving information

Nutrition information is for the amount listed as one serving. If you eat two servings of this food, all the information below should be doubled.


These four nutrients — vitamin D, calcium, iron and potassium — are required to be listed because many people don’t get enough. Make it a goal to get 100% Daily Value of these nutrients and dietary fiber.

Quick guide to percent daily value

  • Tells the percentage each nutrient contributes toward the daily need for an average adult.
  • If the % daily value is 5% or less, it is low in that nutrient.
  • If the % daily value is 20% or more, it is high in that nutrient.


All ingredients must be listed in order by weight. The ingredient that weighs the most is listed first.


The following allergens are required to be listed:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Tree nuts
  • Sesame
  • Peanuts
  • Wheat
  • Crustacean shellfish
  • Soybeans

(While gluten can be listed, it is not required.)

Funded in part by USDA SNAP.
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