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Understanding These 5 Commonly Misleading Food Labels

Have you ever picked one grocery item over another because of the health claims on the label? You may have been duped. That’s because terms like fat-free or all-natural are often slapped on a food item that may not be healthy at all. Nearly 59% of consumers have a hard time understanding nutrition labels, according to a Nielsen survey. The goal of food industry giants is to create and maintain the consumer completely confused. Words such as natural, non-gmo, trans-fat free, or kosher don’t mean what we believe.

Chocolate Isn’t Always Chocolate; Ever wondered why those bargain choc-coated biscuits didn’t really hit the spot? Choc and chocolate are two different things. Chocolate coated means that the food is coated with real chocolate made from cocoa beans. Choc, on the other hand, can mean anything brown and vaguely chocolate-flavored.

Labels That Says Multigrains; You might think it means that the food is full of healthy whole grains that are better for you. Unlike refined flour, whole grains have not been stripped of fiber, protein, and nutrients. So, they are recommended as part of a healthy diet, and so you grab the loaf of healthy expensive-looking bread. What it actually means is that many types of grains may or may not be whole. Same with 12, it means 12 types of grains that may or may not be refined. A better option is to look for 100% whole wheat or 100% whole grain on the front of the package.

Labels That Says No Added Sugar; This claim should mean that what you’re buying contains no added sugar in any form, no sucrose, lactose, honey, or malt, for example. However, there’s a loophole, some products are now adding fruit juice concentrate, which is sometimes highly refined and as you’d expect, high in sugar.

Labels That Says All Natural; Don’t be fooled, all-natural doesn’t mean all that much. The Food and Drug Administration doesn’t define it, although food makers won’t get in trouble as long as so-labeled food doesn’t contain added colors, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.

Labels That Says No Cholesterol; You might think this implies that the food is more desirable because it is a special formulation without cholesterol, but it often means the food never contained cholesterol in the first place; for example, no-cholesterol peanut butter. Cholesterol is only found in animal products. Plant-derived food never has cholesterol.

Your countermove: Don’t pay extra for plant products with this label.

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