How To Read Labels

Category: Food

Answered : Jessica Robinson on 22 Jun 2011 @ 10:58 AM

  • Step 1: Focus on the ingredients portion of the label.
  • Step 2: Look for a minimal number of ingredients - the less the better (unless organic). You can dress it up once you buy it.
  • Step 3: Look for natural ingredients. (Avoid ingredients you cannot read or pronounce, because they are more than likely made in a laboratory.
  • Step 4: Buy more foods that are not required to have labels because what you see is what you get. (i.e. fruits and veggies)
  • Step 5: Spend less time looking at grams of fat, carbohydrates, proteins, calories, and serving size. Remember that the "recommended daily values" on this part of the label do not take into consideration age, gender, athletic activity, or specific dietary needs.
  • Step 6: Beware of misleading advertising claims. Cereals have been under the microscope by the FDA for claiming outrageous health benefits, such as "low in fat" or "trans-fat free", while clearly listing unhealthy, dangerous ingredients on the label. (i.e high fructose corn syrup, processed and hydrogenated foods)
  • Step 7: Remember low in fat, low in carbs, or sugar-free does not make something healthy.
  • Step 8: Watch out for forms of sugar (foods ending in "ose")

    *read the label below and tell me how many you see!*
  • Step 9: Be cautious of foods that say they are organic, but have more sugar and fats than those who are not.

    *Some organic foods are just as bad as a coke*
    * Is a coke organic? Nope!*


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