Food Labels can be completely confusing and VERY misleading. As a result, we end up buying the wrong products. Let’s avoid buyers remorse, and worse, poor health.
The saying “healthy food doesn’t have ingredients, healthy food IS ingredients” is one that I do promote. So here are my two simple rules:
- First rule – eat real food most of the time (i.e. food without a label).
- Second rule – understand the information below so that when you do buy foods with a label, you make healthier choices.
Did you know?
When it comes to HEALTH CLAIMS on food labels, there are actually set rules as to what can be printed. Producers and manufacturers are not allowed to print whatever they like.
Be very wary of products that claim “low fat” as they may contain high amounts of sugar. Another common one is “no added sugar” on products which are inherently high in sugar. One more (personally irritating) claim is the common “cholesterol-free” label on vegetable oils and plant-based products. This is true only because plants do not have cholesterol. These are the ways products can entice consumers with “technically true” information and disguise actual concerning ingredients.
If you are interested in reading more on health claims, this link will be helpful: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/foodnut/09365.html
Hopefully this covers the general information on those tricky food labels. If there is anything that you feel I have left to the imagination or something more you would like to know, leave me a comment below!