Thank you for this article. I have read labels for years. I owned a Children's DayCare and I was the food purchaser. At that time I read the labels mainly for sugar and fat amounts. But, now I am reading labels for my hubby and myself. He is even starting to look at them - Amazing.
I NEED YOUR HELP! I found a label that I think is misleading. Please link to my blog on it and if you get confused by the label can you leave a comment, I'm attempting to get the FDA involved in relabeling since Starbuck's wasn't open to listening: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public _journal_individual.asp?blog_id=2405879
Perhaps the way to go is to choose more and more foods with NO labels - fruits and vegetables. I am working on dumping all of the processed crap out of our lives. Exception: morning cereal or wholegrain waffles and my beloved FIBER ONE bars - I won't give those up! I agree though - labels are WAY too complicated - and SO sneaky with tiny serving sizes! I want to see that movie, FOOD, INC. - has anyone seen that one?
Being on a very limited single gal budget (and unemployed to boot right now), I find it very difficult to make super healthy choices. After all, the good wheat breads cost more than the regular white breads. Lower fat meats cost more as well. When you are dealing with a $75/mo grocery budget, you tend to make compromises or just take whatever you can get at a cheap price.
As a future dietitian, I think that the food label is almost too complicated for the average person to read. More trouble is inevitable when you account for the fact that the populations that are BELOW average in education have ABOVE average obesity rates. It is wonderful that this site begins educating
Labels & percentages truly are the ninth mystery of the world! At least to me. Thank you Laura for the helpful information in this article. I never understood the percentages before, now I can keep a better eye on my nutrition.
Oh Thank You for this article!!!! I have always wanted to learn the proper method of reading these nutrition labels into my daily program. With it broken down for me to understand...its actually easier than it looks!!!!!! Thank you for this invaluable piece.
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