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The Loopholes of Food Labeling

What Food Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know

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  • FRANKLYFRANK
    interesting & informative, the take away, the choices are either a bunch more regulations or I must fully accept the responsibility for my own food health. I elect the latter but admit to needing more education, like this article, and more motivation.

    The older I get the more obvious my need to take responsibility (yes, I'm more cynical of the food complex) and less inclined to change my habits of ease developed over a lifetime. - 12/20/2015 5:50:19 PM
  • Notice there is no "% Daily Value" listed for sugar on nutrition labels.

    The WHO's "ideal" recommendation is that no more than %5 of total energy intake come from free sugars.

    Sugar has about 4 calories per gram, or 16 calories per teaspoon. Under the 5 percent WHO guideline, a person who takes in 2000 calories a day would limit sugar to 25 grams. A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 35 grams of sugar, which is 10 grams over the allowance.

    No one would by their products if the nutrition label said one serving had 120% of the daily allowable recommendation. - 12/10/2015 8:29:09 AM
  • RNOETZEL
    The front of the box is advertising and the purpose of advertising is not to inform you or make you a wiser consumer, it's to sell you the product. Nothing more.

    If you want to know about a product the LAST place you look for accurate information is the front. of the box. - 3/26/2015 9:32:37 AM
  • Just because something is "natural" or "organic" doesn't necessarily mean it's good. Arsenic is totally natural and organic, for example. So are cobras. - 9/3/2014 1:18:01 PM
  • I disagree with the statement that healthy foods shouldn't contain sugar. I bake most of our breads from scratch - I even grind wheat berries for some of the flour - and you cannot make a yeasted bread without sweetener. I normally use honey or molasses, but there's nothing wrong with using sugar.

    Articles like this remind me how few people actually read the nutrition facts and ingredients labels on the food they're consuming, and that's both tragic and foolish. It seems to me that a lot of people take better care of their cars than they do of their bodies. - 4/30/2014 1:28:26 PM
  • That was an eye opener - 1/10/2014 11:31:52 AM
  • SHAKESALOT
    I wish they would just tell us the truth! - 10/18/2013 7:23:45 AM
  • The packaging that kills me are the ones that only one serving (personal pizza, etc), but then the nutritional info shows 2+ servings. Almost got me yesterday! - 6/4/2013 1:15:57 PM
  • It didn't say "in one sitting." It said "over time." You don't buy a box of cookies, eat one serving, and throw the rest away, do you? - 3/16/2013 2:32:44 PM
  • No offense, but who eats that many cookies in one sitting? - 2/3/2013 8:18:06 PM
  • let's not forget those labelsare based on 2000 calories or more in a day so if your limit is 1200 to 1600 you got to do the math for that also
    the lady mary - 1/18/2013 5:51:51 PM
  • Oh, and the author missed the latest mislabeling fads.

    Organic as in Organic potato chips made with organic potatoes (OK) deep-fried (Not stated but Yikes) in organic canola oil (really? almost all canola is GM and therefore NOT organic) with Organic Sea-salt (What is THAT?)

    Gluten-free plastered on fruit products, corn products, vegetable products. Hello? If it's not made from wheat, barley, rye, or some oats, it's gluten free. Period! You don't have to tell me. - 9/7/2011 2:16:08 PM
  • I love "Made with Natural Cane Sugar" because there is no such thing. Cane sugar is a highly processed food additive much along the same lines as HFCS and agave "nectar" aka powdered honey (which it is neither nectar or honey). The only only only natural sweetener in raw honey. Everything else is highly processed. - 9/7/2011 2:08:09 PM
  • "An example of an unhelpful fat-free claim is a carton of 100% orange juice. Here, a fat-free claim isnít helpful labeling, even though it is truthful. Oranges are naturally fat-free, so 100% orange juice always has and always will be fat-free, regardless of whether it is highlighted on the label or not. "
    Why didn't the article tell us about how much sugar is in juice? Not to mention how much fructose. Things to avoid if you're trying to be fructose free are, honey, fruit juices and dried fruit, all are very high in sugar/fructose, and FRUCTOSE MAKES YOU FAT. Do the research yourselves, people. Eat only whole frutit.....Still waiting for SparkPeople to put the relevant sugar content of every recipe on the 1st page of the recipe's nutritional list.
    I'm fructose free and have lost 9.8 kilos by giving it up.
    Note, if the sugar grams per 100 gtrams is more than 8 grams, don't buy the product, as that is way too much, especially if you take into account all the other stuff we put into our mouths every day. Aim for no more that 10 grams of sugar a day & you will lose weight, I promise.
    Sylv from Oz
    Spreading the Love - 6/4/2011 6:18:24 PM
  • My food lable question is always the same...Is the serving size based on the pre cooked or cooked measure??? Like with pasta??? - 3/5/2011 6:42:22 PM

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