10 Food Label Secrets Revealed

It would be nice to believe everything you read.  When it comes to foods, you must learn how to properly read food labels.  Using the information correctly on the food label of a package will lead to a much healthy lifestyle.   Here are 10 tips for correctly reading food labels which are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.

  1. You must look at the number of servings in the package.  For example, it may be a box of cookies that has 50 cookies.  But it says it is only 80 calories.  The trick is to see if that package has 50, 25, 12, or 5 servings.  50 servings would mean that one cookie is 80 calories.
  2. The calories tell you how much energy or fuel you will get from 1 serving of the food in the package.  Not all calories offer quality fuel, even if it is low in calories
  3. The number of calories from fat- literally means of the 80 calories , 40 calories come from fat. This means that 50% of the calories in the cookie are derived from fat.
  4. Food with no fiber is usually highly processed.  Foods high in fiber are healthier.
  5. From concentrate means that the sugar is extracted from plants and dissolved into water to make concentrate.
  6. The first or second ingredient on a label should say “whole” for whole grains.
  7. You can cross check this by looking at the number of fiber grams. A quality whole grain food should have at least 3 grams of fiber.
  8. “Trans-fat FREE” on a label does not mean there is no trans fat.  Manufacturers can have up to 1/2 gram of trans fat per serving and still call their product trans-fat free.
  9. Sodium & potassium nitrite is a chemical used to preserve food. It is found mostly in meats.  Although a label may say ‘Heart Health,’ it does not mean it is packaged without nitrites.  Most companies that do not use sodium/potassium nitrite will put it on the front of their package.  It should be listed in the ingredients.
  10. Labels that say made with “real fruit”  are usually misleading you.  Look at the ingredients and see if it lists corn syrup, food coloring and concentrates.  If so, then there is no real fruit in the product.

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