A Reminder When Reading Food Labels
Parents must know about food portion sizes for school-age children because they cannot fully rely on “serving sizes” found on food labels.
You see, a serving size is the standardized amount of food in packages. For instance, when you buy a pack of cookies, the label may say that 1 serving is equivalent to 2 pieces of cookies. Portion size is the amount of food that they actually eat; it can be more or less of the indicated serving size.
The tricky part in meal preparation is that the serving sizes in food labels don’t always match the recommended portion sizes (portion distortion). This means that your grade-schooler may be consuming more or less of certain foods if you rely entirely on nutritional labels alone.
The Food Portion Sizes for School-Age Children
For your school-age children to have a balanced diet, each serving of food should match their age group’s recommended portion size. Here’s a simple guide you can follow.
Grade-schoolers need about 2 to 3 servings of vegetables daily. The portion size for each serving should be about: