All About Nutrition

Serving Size
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What is a serving size?

The serving size shows the amount of the food that is recommended for one serving. The nutrition label lists the nutrients for each serving size. The serving size is a standardised value that allows foods to be compared for various nutrient values and energy.

The number of servings (per package) is also displayed on each nutrition label.

As a standard, a serving size of 100g is also displayed on nutrition labels, irrespective of the serving size portion.


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How is serving size displayed?

The serving size (and the number of serves per package) is usually displayed at the top of the nutritional label.

The following is an example showing how serving size is displayed on nutrition labels (highlighted in pink):

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What is the purpose of displaying serving size?

The serving size is displayed to allow consumers to be aware of the following:

The purpose of displaying the serving size is to allow consumers to understand how much of the packaged food they are eating as well as the calorie content of the recommended serving size.


More information

To learn more, see Food Standards Australia.

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Last reviewed: 7 January 2007 || Last updated: 7 January 2007


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NOTE: Mega doses of vitamins, minerals or other nutrients cannot cure illnesses and in fact can be very dangerous and produce toxic side effects and interfere with medicine you are taking. Always ensure you consult your doctor before taking any type of minerals supplement.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. For any treatment or diagnosis of illness, please see your doctor.


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