What information is contained on a nutrition label on milk?


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The nutrition label on milk contains a list of nutrients in 1 cup of milk, including calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium, potassium, carbohydrates, protein and vitamins. Also included are the recommended daily allowance percentages and amounts of each nutrient in 1 cup.

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The nutrition label on a milk carton shows the nutrition facts for one serving of milk: 1 cup. One cup of milk is equal to 244 grams. In just one serving of milk, there are 122 calories total with 45 of them being from fat. However, the total amount of fat in one serving is 5 grams, with 3 grams being from saturated fat and one being from monounsaturated fat. That is eight percent of your total daily fat needs and 15 percent of your total daily saturated fat needs.

There are also other parts to the milk, including cholesterol, sodium and carbohydrates. Milk contains 20 milligrams of cholesterol, which amounts to seven percent of your daily intake. There are 115 milligrams of sodium in just one serving - a total of five percent of your daily sodium needs. Lastly, there are carbohydrates in milk. In just one serving, there are 12 grams of carbohydrates, with 11 of them being from sugar, amounting for four percent of your daily carbohydrate needs.

The most important part of milk is the protein and vitamins it provides. On the nutrition label it says exactly how much of each you get in one serving of milk. For protein, you get 8 grams, and you get one percent of your daily needs of vitamin A and 29 percent of calcium.

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