Reading & Interpreting Ingredient Lists on Food Labels


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According to the following ingredient list, which ingredient has the most weight?

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1. How are ingredients ordered on an ingredient list?

2. Which of the following is NOT a purpose of food additives?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quickly measure your knowledge of ingredient lists on food labels with this helpful quiz and worksheet. This convenient multiple-choice quiz requires you to be familiar with the origin of the food additive carrageenan, among other concepts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Here's what the quiz covers:

  • The relative weight of ingredients on a list
  • The order in which ingredients are listed
  • Why food additives are used
  • Where carrageenan comes from
  • The meaning of parentheses in food ingredient lists

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about ingredient lists on food labels
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about the purpose of food additives and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the order in which ingredients are listed

Additional Learning

Learn more about this topic with the lesson titled Reading & Interpreting Ingredient Lists on Food Labels. Here's a quick glance at the topics in the lesson:

  • An overview of reasons why food additives are used
  • What's on the generally recognized as safe (GRAS) list
  • An example of an ingredient list