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Friday 12 June 2015

Food label tricks & truths

What’s really in the stuff you’re eating?

How many times have you stood blocking the grocery aisle while you tried to make sense of a food label, only to give up in frustration and just toss something into the cart? It’s not just you. A recent review of 19 studies showed that most people find nutrition labelling confusing, and apparently lots of folks have just given up.

A Food and Drug Administration study found that one out of every five of us don’t even bother to read labels (in the 35-and-under crowd, that number jumps to about one in three). One problem is that food labels are mostly product advertising and can be very misleading.

Those marketing come-ons that decorate the front of the package—with claims like “heart healthy” or “natural”—can easily trick you into thinking that products are more healthful than they actually are. And sometimes manufacturers go too far: The FDA recently warned General Mills that its cholesterol-lowering claims made Cheerios sound more like a drug than a cereal, and Dannon has settled a lawsuit over misleading claims relating to its Activia and DanActive products. (More on that later.)

 Smart Choices, one of a slew of new food-labeling programs designed to make it easy to spot good nutritional choices, recently stirred up outrage after the logo was spotted on Froot Loops and other sugary foods. In this story, we expose some of the sneakiest label tricks used by food manufacturers. We’ll also get you up to speed on the latest nutrition seals of approval that you’ll be seeing at supermarkets. And don’t miss our clip-and-shop guide and the easy label-reading tips starting on page 28 so that you can skip the hype and go straight to the facts you need to know—and toss food into your cart with confidence.



Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I'm certainly one of those people that reads labels, and even though I've spent oodles of time researching and studying this topic, I often get frustrated. A lot of misleading out there!

Lowcarb team member said...

@’Shooting Blanks’

As your comment added nothing to of value to this post I've had to apply DCUK forum ethos and rules and delete your comment old chap/chapess/other.

But please feel free to continue adding to our blog views which is now approaching 1.5 million.

Don't forget my challenge just add a recognisable forum name to you rants and they will be published not that I expect you have the balls to do that just like the other invertebrates from your little clique at Diabolical.U.K.

Apologies to Sid Bonkers for the above he did comment on this blog using his forum name, though I think he's a cornflake short of a packet he unlike you is not a cowardly troll.

Please do get in touch with your village they are getting desperate to hear from you.

Regards to you mistress Frau cherub

Love and LC hugs
Graham xxx

Lowcarb team member said...

Martha, many thanks for your comment. It is so important to read the labels, it is also important that the labels are clear in what they state ...

Have a good weekend

All the best Jan

The Happy Whisk said...

Yeppers. This is the way of things. Just like the phrase natural flavourings or the word, Natural. Total monkey business.

Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

So, another day wasted in your lives.

You must be so proud, so desperate to get your numbers up, that you believe the 1.4999 million that look on here simply to laugh at you is a good thing.

Keep on going, Dumb and Dumber.

Lowcarb team member said...

"wasted in your lives"

We post to help people. What could illustrate a wasted life better than an anonymous cowardly troll, commenting on someone else's blog negative comments, of no use to anyone. BTW, you have been the number one commenter again this week by far, most of your bilge has been deleted. Thank you for adding to our page view counts. Perhaps you could step up your ludicrous rants to get us to 1.5 million page views even quicker.

Have a nice weekend.


Lowcarb team member said...

’Shooting Blanks’ said…

So, another day wasted in your lives.

You must be so proud, so desperate to get your numbers up, that you believe the 1.4999 million that look on here simply to laugh at you is a good thing.

What is more wasteful of life than skulking about anonymously on the internet achieving absolutely zilch except for becoming an object of derision and loathing as per usual for creepy nonentities like you.

Of course we are proud! proud of proving the idiot anti LowCarbers completely and utterly wrong, and don't ever forget he who laughs last laughs longest*:

*"said to emphasize that the person who has control of a situation in the end is most successful, even if other people had seemed originally to have an advantage"

And of course we are having the last laugh at your expense!

Suggested reading for you ’Shooting Blanks’ this book gives an overview of your Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

Give my regards to your mistress Frau Cherub forum camp commandant, now hurry back won't you her jackboots need licking clean again.

Praise the lord blessed are the LowCarbers
Love and hugs
Graham xxx