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Deceptive food labels: How to know what’s truly healthy

By Brierley Wright, March 5, 2010 - 12:53pm

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Brierley asks: Do you read the nutrition facts panel on the food products you buy? What terms do you look for? What's hard to understand?

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I almost ALWAYS check the nutrition labels on food before I eat or purchase them. I generally look at the calories, grams of fat, grams of sugar, and the first 5 ingredients or so on the list. Even though carbs are unhealthy, I LOVE basically anything with tons of em in it, so I usually try to avoid looking at that part of the label. Ah, the bliss in unknowing.

Anonymous

06/28/2013 - 4:49pm

I look up anything I don't understand. BHA, BHT and propylene glycol I won't let in the house.

Anonymous

12/16/2012 - 7:09pm

I always look at the nutrition facts panel on the back of a product, especially if there is a choice of similar products that I'm interested in purchasing. I look at the calories, sodium and especially the carbs in items and try to choose products with fewer contents in them if that is possible.

cathie.marty

02/14/2012 - 9:30pm

Yes I do read the label and also ingredient list. I usually look at the first five ingredients listed and it is my understanding that they are highest percentage of the product. I could certainly be mistaken so don't take that as a fact. I also look for artificial sweeteners as well as high fructose corn syrup because I am allergic to certain artificial sweeteners and try to stay away from those.

I wish that there was a law about identifying genetically modified ingredients and additives. I am becoming more skeptical as I learn more about our food products and leaning towards natural and organic foods. My grandmother lived a long healthy 93 years living and eating mostly what was grown on the farm. Guess we should all learn from the past, good and bad!

Anonymous

02/14/2012 - 9:10pm

I'm disappointed that sodium isn't mentioned in this article.

Anonymous

02/14/2012 - 8:19pm

"And finally, protein is listed as total protein. Chances are, your protein intake is adequate, and I usually don’t suggest tallying it."

That is not only startlingly uninformed, but also horrible advice. I suggest the contrary. At the very least the tip should point out that depending on age, sex, goals, current level of activity and one should understand their protein requirements and tally them regularly until they have a general understanding of when and what to eat to meet that requirement.

Anonymous

12/05/2011 - 3:33pm

do sometimes read the nutrition facts panel on the products i purchase, unfortunately i cannot seem to understand added sugars.

Anonymous

11/16/2010 - 5:02pm

more people like you and less doctors would be a healther world

Anonymous

11/10/2010 - 8:46am

if your store has a health food section, what do you call the other part of the store? wake up people, hello

could not be better. most food today is killing people. this is very good info for people to look at.

Anonymous

11/10/2010 - 8:44am

I usually read food lables, unfortunately, after I have bought the item and is home. I do, most times, look at the ingredient list at the store and if it seems rather lengthy, I put the item back on the shelf. I have been trying hard to stay away from most pre-packages items like flavored "noodles" and hamburger "mixes" as they hve so many preservatives and artifical flavors. I know I need to be more conscentious of the products I buy for my family.

Anonymous

03/19/2010 - 9:39am

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