School Food and Beverage Policy


Section 2 - Nutrition Standards

Nutrition Standards Categories


Baked Potato Chips Example


Use the information from the Nutrition Facts table to answer the questions below.

Step 1 - Compare the total fat and trans fat amounts (in grams) on your product's Nutrition Facts table with the Trans Fat Standards.

Nutrition Facts

Per 28 g (1 bag)

Amount % Daily Value
Calories 120
Fat 3 g 5%
  Saturated 0.5 g3%
+ Trans 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 210 mg9%
Carbohydrate 21 g7%
  Fibre 2 g7%
  Sugars 3 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A0% Vitamin C4%
Calcium4% Iron0%
Ingredients: Dehydrated Potatoes, Corn Oil, Modified Food Starch, Sugar, …

Remember, to meet the Trans fat Standards:

The trans fat content does not exceed 5% of the total fat content for any food, beverage or ingredient, other than vegetable oil or soft, spreadable margarine.


This product has:

  • 0 g of Trans Fat / Fat 3 g x 100
    = 0% of fat from trans fat

  1. These baked potato chips meet the Trans Fat Standards.

    Answer: True. These chips do meet the Trans Fat Standards because their trans fat content is less than 5% of their total fat content.
  1. Step 2 - Identify the group and sub-group in the nutrition standards that your product fits into.

    Select the correct group:

    1. Grain Products
    2. Vegetables and Fruit
    3. Mixed Dishes with a Nutrition Facts Table

    Answer: B. These baked potato chips belong to the Vegetables and Fruit group, as their first ingredient is potatoes.

Read the chart below to determine the appropriate sub-group for the baked potato chips. Select your answer below the chart.

Sub-group Description
Fresh, Frozen, Canned, and Dried Vegetables and Fruit

Vegetable or fruit is the first item on the ingredient list.


  • Fresh or frozen vegetables with little or no added salt
  • Fresh or frozen fruit with no added sugar
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit packed in juice or light syrup
  • Unsweetened apple sauce
  • Some low-fat frozen potato products, including French fries
  • Some dried fruit and 100% fruit leathers
Canned Tomatoes and Tomato-Based Products


  • Some whole, crushed, or diced tomatoes
  • Some pasta sauce
Vegetable and Fruit Chips


  • Some lower-fat, lower-sodium vegetable chips (e.g., potato, carrot)
  • Some lower-fat, lower-sodium fruit chips (e.g., banana, apple, pear)
  1. These baked potato chips fit into one of the following sub-groups:
    1. Fresh, Frozen, Canned and Dried Vegetables and Fruit
    2. Canned Tomatoes and Tomato-Based Products
    3. Vegetables and Fruit Chips

    Answer: C. These baked potato chips belong to the Vegetable and Fruit Chips sub-group.

Step 3 - Compare the relevant information on your product's food label (i.e., the Nutrition Facts table and ingredient list) with the nutrition criteria in the nutrition standards. Your product will fit into one of the following categories: Healthiest (Sell Most), Healthy (Sell Less), or Not Permitted for Sale.

Look at the nutrition criteria for this item, then choose whether the example is Healthiest (Sell Most), Healthy (Sell Less), or Not Permitted for Sale.

Baked Potato Chips
photo of potato chips
Serving size
1 bag (28 g)

First Ingredient
Dehydrated Potatoes
Nutrition Information
Trans fat 0 g
Fat 3 g
Saturated fat 0.5 g
Sodium 210 mg

  • Answer: Healthiest (Sell Most). They meet the trans fat standards, their Fat content does not exceed 3 grams, their Saturated Fat content is less than 2 grams, and their sodium content does not exceed 240 milligrams.

[Sell Most (≥80%)]
[Sell Less (≤20%)]
Not Permitted for Sale
Sub-group Nutrition Criteria Nutrition Criteria Nutrition Criteria
Vegetable and Fruit Chips:

Potato Chips – Baked

Fat ≤ 3g
and Saturated fat ≤ 2g
and Sodium ≤ 240mg
Fat ≤ 5g
and Saturated fat ≤ 2g
and Sodium ≤ 480mg
Fat > 5g
or Saturated fat > 2g
or Sodium > 480mg
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