Discussing :: How to Read Nutrition Labels

To some, the label on the side or back of a food package is a foreign language. They may understand the words and numbers, but not what they mean to their own life and how they apply in relation to the food product. Often people barely take the time to read and consider the labels at all. The fact is, what is written on the labels can help consumers make better choices on what to feed their families, and promote healthy eating in general. The nutrition labels are a requirement by the FDA on some packages so that consumers are informed of the nutrient content and nutritional value of the foods they want to eat. It is a good idea to read the label with... read full article

#1

Wice
How to Read Nutrition Labels

I always try to read the labels of unfamiliar products – not for anything in particular, but rather to see whether one constituent stands out – eg, high sodium, calories etc. - which might act as a warning against my buying it. As soon as I have made a decision ad bought the product however, I seem to forget all about this and never refer to the nutrtition labels once a product is in my pantry.

However, one of my gripes is that nutrition labels are often printed at a size just too small for me to be able to read in the supermarket. I often see others struggling as well. Some packaging isn't very big so that it can't be helped. However, often this isn't the case and I almost feel like the manufacturer is trying to hide something.

What also makes me cross this the very misleading 'highlight' labels put on some food products to make them appear 'better; than their competitors. I see these all the time but can't think of one at the moment. An example would be 'sugar free' on a bottle of oil - of course it is!

My final moan concerns prepacked fruit and vegetables. Too often the weight of is not included on prepacked fruit and vegetable bags/boxes. I want to know how much one brand's box of strawberries weights in comparison to another brand. Of course it's difficult with the irregular shapes, but even an approximate weight would be far better than nothing!

#2

Dee-Dee

I am trying to teach myself to read labels more when shopping hopefully without my man tagging along cause apparently I take to long but he is constantly reminded that it is for both of our benefits...It is also interesting when you see some of the ingredients put into products you like to eat....I don't like the fat free label on products to, because they are misleading because those items are usually high in sugar etc...but I would have to say labeling in NZ is so much better than other places I have lived in some places they were non-existent

#3

Rosie

Thanks for this vital information, Becki :)

#4

Anna

o00o0 good info.. have been trying to learn to label read!! thanks!!

#5

KH

Most products don't seem to list calorie content. I wish they did as I've been trying to restrict my calorie intake slightly for the past few weeks.

#6

Rosie

I think you take the Kj reading & divide it by 3, or 4 to get calories.

#7

jameshill003

HI,
Great information posted here.. Thanks for sharing this unique information..

#8

New Member

And if you have some problems with that, you may just ask your therapist. read how to choose him properly at http://www.writingroom.com/viewwriting/GeorgeWolfson/How-to-Choose-a-Therapist And good luck with your health!

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