Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Food Label Deception

I'm sure you have heard time and time again, "read the back of the label" before purchasing a food at the grocery store. I would be curious to see -- first off -- how many people actually do read the label and secondly, is everything that is written on the back understandable to everyone?

As an example of food label deception, it is well known that dark chocolate eaten in moderation (small portion sized amounts) is good for you, but be sure to look at the back of the label to see what else is contained.

Notice how the 70% Dark Chocolate is very visible -- good. We know it is good because dark chocolate (eaten in small portions) helps control blood sugar levels, good for the heart and brain and also contains antioxidants.

On the other hand, it also contains "Palm Kernel" and "modified palm", which are not good choices for a healthy diet. It is bad enough being confused when reading labels or following a specific diet, but than finding that there is more confusion and deception upon eating a snack that you think is okay -- is just wrong. Imagine if food manufacturers added "Palm Oil or Modified Palm" to the front of the label instead of "70% Dark Chocolate" -- that is deception...

To learn more about Palm Oil, Modified Palm and Palm Kernel, go here and here.

Dark Chocolate -- Good

Bittersweet chocolate, oils (palm kernel, modified palm)

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