Are items sold in vending machines equal to a serving recommended by the Food Guide Pyramid?
Not always! Serving sizes on a bag of potato chips, pretzels, or on a candy bar from the vending machines may say one serving on the nutrition label, but really do not match up with the food guide pyramid. They can be up to a total of two to three times more then the serving size recommended by the USDA's food guide pyramid. Estimate the amount of food in the package and compare it to the food guide pyramid's servings.
Erin Bartels, Dietetic Student, University of Missouri
Candance Gabel, M.S. R.D., Assistant Program Director, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Monday, December 08, 2008