Misleading Food Labels: It’s a Big Deal

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 11:18

By Barbara Ficarra, RN, BSN, MPA

Reading the list of ingredients is more important than reading the front of the food label.

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Food labels can be confusing and misleading  

The description on the front of a food label may be quite different than the actual ingredients. A food label may look “healthy” because the packaging and the wording are precisely created to capture your attention.

Picture this

You’re walking through the bread aisle and you see wording on a label, that says “heart healthy,” “winner best food award” given by a popular magazine, “100% whole wheat,” “40% fiber in 2 slices,” and “22 grams of whole grains per slice.” You purchase it and why not? It seems healthy, but is it?

Read the list of ingredients

Turn to the back and read the list of ingredients.  The first 2 ingredients are fine, “whole wheat flour” and “water,” but the next ingredient isn’t so healthy; “high fructose corn syrup.” Now, would you buy it?

It’s a big deal

So remember, make sure the next time you’re food shopping, read the list of ingredients, not just the front of the label. You may be surprised at what you find. Healthy nutrition is vital. Remember, prevention, it begins with you.

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One Response to “Misleading Food Labels: It’s a Big Deal”

  1. Naomi Teeter says:

    April 6th, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    There are a LOT of other misleading words and ingredients on food labels than just this. As a health coach and someone who has maintained a 125+ pound weight loss over the last 6 years, I also recognize and teach my clients and readers about the dangers of food labels that claim to be “natural”, for instance. Because natural can mean anything. These are also at least 50 different words for “sugar” and maybe 15 for MSG. And not all oils are created equal. You almost need a nutrition degree to be 85% sure you’re eating healthy if you’re eating processed foods.

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