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The Loopholes of Food Labeling

What Food Manufacturers Don't Want You to Know

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  • Great article..I never knew the bit about trans fat and minimal amounts don't have to be counted..
  • Yeah, packages can be tricky! I always look at the nutrition label and ingredients before I decide to buy!
  • This is unbelievable!!!! This article was written on January 2004, which is 13 years ago!!!! Yet it's posted as a current item.

    Please Sparkpeople team, archive your old articles!!!
  • Au natural is just easier.
  • I keep waiting to see Gluten-Free Orange Juice.
  • This is helpful -- in that it confirms how tricky it is to read food labels. Almost depressing!! I try to find a "good" source or brand and keep coming back to it. Can't just pocket all these guidelines to read as I shop.
  • I'm more confused now!
  • Best strategy is to opt for unprocessed foods at all times!
  • Also check the ingredients for High Frutous Corn Syrup. You'll find that many "whole wheat" breads in the supermarket contain HFCS.
  • It is hard enough for people to find foods to fit there diet and there families needs and wants without companies trying to fool us. Here is a crazy ideal!! Make the food healthier and u wont have to lie about whats really in it!!
  • Many, oh soooo many years ago I had a home economic teacher inform our class "Most of what you need to eat is in the outside ales of the store. The inside ailes of the store is mostly processed foods (this was over 40 yrs ago, it's MUCH WORSE NOW !) and to this day I think of her wise words ! Fruits, fresh veggies (though if they are frozen and nothing else added) meats, farm fresh (dairy , eggs ) that should be soooo much better again then the stuff that's processed. Read, Read, READ the labels CAREFULLY ! I used to shop almost only the inside of the store,,,it's NO WONDER I ended up at almost 300 lbs !
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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