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Specifying Serving Size for Nutrition Reports

nutraCoster will calculate the nutrition for any serving size. You specify the serving size when you create any of the nutrition reports.

Refer to the article Determining Serving Sizes for Nutrition Facts Labels for details about determining what the serving size quantity should be.

The labeling regulations state that serving sizes should be expressed in "common household measures". This includes units like "cookies", "muffins", "pieces", "slices", etc.

Define the units you need for the serving size with the Add or Change Units procedure. Refer to the article Defining Units of Measure for details about defining units.

Specify the serving size in the Serving Sizes tab of the Options window for any of the nutrition reports. For example:

  1. Choose Print, Nutrition Labels from the menu.
  2. In the Options for Nutrition Labels window, select your recipe in the Items tab.
  3. Click the Serving Sizes tab and specify the Servings per Container, Serving Size and Unit.
  4. Click Create Report.

nutraCoster remembers the serving size for each recipe.

Fractional serving sizes must be expressed using fractions, not expressed as decimals. The regulations specify that you use fractions like "1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6 or smaller fractions that can be generated by further division by 2 or 3."

nutraCoster will automatically convert decimal serving sizes to fractions. For example, if you enter a serving size as 1.5 cups, nutraCoster will display the serving size as 1 1/2 cups on any of the nutrition reports.

The labeling regulations state that the metric equivalent shall be listed in parentheses following the serving size. nutraCoster will automatically add the metric equivalent. For example, if you define a unit as 1 slice = 1 oz and specify the serving size as 1 slice, nutraCoster will list the serving size as 1 slice (28g).

nutraCoster can optionally include ounces (oz) inside the parentheses with the metric equivalent. To do this check "Serving Size Include oz in parentheses" in the Serving Sizes tab of the report Options window.

If the serving size is a volume unit, nutraCoster can optionally express the metric equivalent in milliliters (ml) rather than grams (g). To do this check "Serving Size Metric Equivalent in ml" in the Serving Sizes tab of the report Options window.