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2022-05-10 14:57:34

        Nutritional labels are labels that indicate the type and amount of nutrients contained in the package according to the announcement of the Ministry of Public Health. This stipulates that all foods that are not directly sold by the manufacturer themselves must display a label on the package, comprising the name of the food, the date of manufacture, the expiration date, the producer, the active ingredient, the net volume, as well as the nutrition label.

        This nutrition label may be in abbreviated form or in full form, including GDA nutrition labels or sweet and salty labels. The full label lists 15 food items. The abbreviated label lists 8 foods. While the sweet and salty labels, it shows only energy, sugar, fat and sodium.

        These must also specify the recommended amount for each serving, number of servings per container, nutritional value per serving, and percentage of recommended daily intake based on Thai RDI.

        For general consumers, Thai Health Promotion Foundation provides advice on choosing food by reading nutrition labels as follows:

   1. Check energy, snacks should not exceed 100-150 kcal per serving. Main meals should be in the range of 400-600 kcal per serving.

   2. Check the sugar, should not exceed 24 grams per day or about 6 teaspoons.

   3. Fat check, should not exceed 65 grams per day.

   4. Check sodium, should not exceed 2,000 mg per day or about 1 teaspoon.

        It is therefore important for consumers to read nutrition labels before purchasing food. To choose food that is suitable for yourself and avoiding foods that may adversely affect health.