Why You Should Suspect Food Labels that say “natural” or “healthy”

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food labelBy Staff Blogger

When you go to the grocery store, how carefully do you look at the labels on the food that you are eating? Do you look only for boxes and packaging that say “healthy” or “natural” on them? You may want to take a closer look because many foods that claim that they are healthy or natural are in fact not.

Law firms have recently been going after big food manufacturers for their labels stating that they are misleading the consumer. On average, prepared foods contain 8% more calories than they say they do and restaurant foods contain 18% more.

With the ever-growing waistlines in the country, it is time to take action and begin to more carefully label foods so people know just what they are getting into when they are cooking their meals for their families.

– Double check what is on the labels when you shop. Pay attention to calorie lot of content and also portion sizes. Make sure that there is not a lot of sugar and carbs. The FDA will soon be launching a new labeling initiative that will force manufacturers to put nutrition information on the front of the package to make it more visible and accessible.

– Beware of the jargon. There is no legal definition for what “natural” could mean, so food companies can use it very liberally.

– Check the first items on the ingredient list. If the first few ingredients are sugar or fat (be careful of synonyms such as fructose), you may not want to eat that food, or will want to eat it sparingly as it means that the food is mostly comprised of these two ingredients.

– Check the items at the end of the ingredients list too. Watch for ingredients and additives such as potassium bromate, BHA and BHT, sulfites, and red dye no. 3. These are all potentially dangerous additives.

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