Island Kids Pediatrics
Island Kids Pediatrics

RICHMOND AVE. (718) 982-9001
Mon – Thur : 9 AM – 7 PM
Friday : 9 AM – 4 PM
Saturday : 9:30 AM – 3 PM
Sunday : 10 AM – 1 PM

HYLAN BLVD. (718) 667-5500
Mon – Thur : 10 AM – 7 PM
Friday : 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday : 10 AM – 2 PM
Sunday : Closed

BROADWAY (718) 447-5437
Mon – Thur : 9 AM – 7 PM
Friday : 9 AM – 4 PM
Saturday : 10 AM – 2 PM
Sunday : Closed

ISLAND KIDS PEDIATRICS

Welcome to Island Kids Pediatrics, P.C., where you will find health care professionals and staff dedicated in providing you with high-quality, compassionate care.

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About Us

Our mission is to provide our patients with high-quality and compassionate care, while building trusting and healthful relationships with our patients.  Our health care professionals and staff are dedicated to providing children from birth through adolescence with personalized and comprehensive care to achieve the best health possible.

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Our office has Extended Hours and In-House Diagnostic services that helps our patients avoid the higher cost of visiting one of the many growing urgent care facilities in the area.

As Primary Care Providers we keep your child’s complete Medical history on file so we under-stand your child’s health and healthcare goals. In addition to all aspects of General Pediatrics we offer appointments with Board Certified Pediatric Infectious Disease specialists.

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February 12, 2020

Nutrition Facts Labels: Figuring Out Your Food

Have you ever picked up a food item, turned to the Nutrition Facts Label, and questioned exactly what you were looking at?  If so, no worries! 

This post will provide a brief summary of the components of the Nutrition Facts Label, as well as the proper way to interpret its contents.

If you haven’t gotten into the habit of figuring out what’s in the packaged products you’re eating, now is a great time to start! 

serving size

The serving size focuses on the amount of food that is typically consumed at one time.  This tells us that the nutrition details provided on the label is based upon a single (one) serving of food.  

servings per container

Servings Per Container provide the total number of servings in the entire package of food.  What’s important to note here is that one package of food may contain more than one serving of food. 

This is a simple & straightforward concept.  Let’s say you are snacking on a bag of popcorn.  If the label states that the entire package contains 3 servings, and you consume the entire package, this means that you have consumed 3 times the amount of calories & nutrients provided on the label. 

calories

By definition, calories refer to the total amount of energy, or “calories”, provided by all food sources in one serving of food.  Calories are a unit of measurement, specifically, a unit of energy.  The body requires energy that is provided by proteins, fats, carbohydrates and alcohol.  By consuming and burning an equal amount of calories, the body is typically able to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Customarily:

 100 calories per serving = MODERATE

400+ calories per serving = HIGH

★ remember ★

If we consume more calories than we burn through physical activity, this typically leads to weight gain.

If we consume and burn an equal amount of calories, we are more likely to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

If we consume less calories than we burn through physical activity, this typically leads to weight loss.

Disclaimer:

Every body & every individual’s metabolism is different! Caloric needs vary from person to person, depending upon the desire or medical necessity to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain current weight.

calories from fat

Calories from fat act as the contribution of fat content found within the total number of calories of a single serving of food.

Don’t worry, calories from fat do not count as additional calories!

Remember: just because a food is labeled as “fat-free” does not mean that it is “calorie-free”; Also, low-calorie does not always mean healthier! 

A serving of gummy candies (approximately 7 pieces) might contain 75 calories, whereas a serving of cooked salmon, with a cup of cooked broccoli and 1/2 cup of brown rice might contain 400-430 calories.  Although the gummy candies contain less calories, it contains food coloring and excess sugar, while failing to provide the body with essential nutrients.  The prepared meal of salmon, broccoli and brown rice provides protein, whole grains, vitamins and fiber, making it the healthier dietary option.

% daily value

Percent Daily Value, often expressed as %DV, tells us how much of a specific nutrient is found in one serving of food. 

Daily Value refers to the recommended quantity of key nutrients recommended on a daily basis, per each nutrient found in one serving of food. 

Customarily:

 5% DV or less of a nutrient per serving = LOW

20% DV or more of a nutrient per serving = HIGH

★ remember ★

Necessary %DV might vary from person to person.  Some individuals might require higher or lower values, depending upon age, weight, height, gender, and physical activity participation.

nutrients

The nutrients section of the Nutrition Facts Label helps us to choose healthy dietary alternatives.  Such alternatives include food products that contain fewer nutrients that we should avoid, and higher amounts of nutrients that we should consume more often.

nutrients to limit

Aim to consume less than 100% DV of saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol & sodium.

nutrients to consume often

Aim to consume 100% DV of iron, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C & calcium.

For a kid-friendly version of the Nutrition Facts Label, click the link below!

Using The Nutrition Facts Label

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Our Offices

PRIMARY LOCATION
2066 Richmond Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10314

Call (718) 982-9001
for Appointments.

NORTH SHORE LOCATION
519 Broadway
Staten Island, NY 10310
(Off Forest Ave, behind Santander Bank)

Call 718-447-KIDS (5437)
for Appointments

SOUTH SHORE LOCATION
2627B Hylan Blvd
Staten Island, NY 10306
(Across from Hylan Plaza)

Call (718) 667-5500
for Appointments