Monday, July 11, 2016

How Food Labels Leave A Bad Taste

The weekend edition of the WSJ (Wall Street Journal) had an enlightening article on how food labels can be quite confusing for people to read let alone understand. Part of me believes that it is just the plan to confuse people when it comes to making better food choices, but perhaps that is just the more pessimistic view that I've gained of the food world over the years. I'm sure that I'm not alone though.

"Government regulators forbid outright dishonesty, but labels with narrowly defined, cleverly deployed or unregulated buzzwords can confound shoppers trying to determine what's what"

The following is a helpful guide on how to do your food label reading:

In determining if a product is whole grain, look for the following things. Be sure that the product reads 100% whole grain or 100% whole wheat, otherwise you may not be getting the product that you think you should be getting.

Follow the ingredients list, so if the first ingredient says "enriched flour", it more than likely is refined and has had nutrients added to it, thereby making it "not made mainly of whole grains".

Another guide to follow? Natural. When you read natural on a label, it doesn't refer to how the plant or animal was raised, but instead how the product was prepared.

To learn more about what the true meaning behind your food label and what it should be telling you, refer to the article here.

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