How to get a parent to understand the importance of proper nutrition for a toddler
Check Serving Size
The top of the Nutrition Facts Label shows the serving size and the servings per container. Checking the serving size is how you figure out exactly how many calories and nutrients you are getting.
The nutrition information about the food – like the calories, sodium, and fiber – is based upon one serving.
Eating two servings of the food results in double the calories and twice the amount of nutrients, both good and bad.
Choose Nutrients Wisely
Nutrients To Get More Of: Potassium, fiber, vitamins A & C, iron, and calcium. Encourage kids to choose foods with a higher %DV of these important nutrients. Nutrients To Get Less Of: Trans fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugars. Remind kids to choose foods that are lower in these nutrients.
Understanding Percent Daily Value (%DV)
The term "daily value" is used to describe the amount of certain nutrients. The Percent Daily Value (%DV) shows how a food's nutrients fits into an overall daily diet. The general goal is to eat no more than a total of 100% of the recommended amount of each nutrient everyday.