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Food Labels Revealed!

Recently I came across an interesting article on how to read between the lines on food labels. The most effective way to learn how to read a food label effectively is to learn what manufacturers may be doing to deceive us, the consumers. So here is a great list of deceptions from Mike Adams on

  1. One trick is to distribute sugars among many ingredients so that sugars don't appear in the top three. For example, a manufacturer may use a combination of sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, brown sugar, dextrose and other sugar ingredients to make sure none of them are present in large enough quantities to attain a top position on the ingredients list (remember, the ingredients are listed in order of their proportion in the food, with the most common ingredients listed first).
  2. Another trick is to pad the list with minuscule amounts of great-sounding ingredients. This trick is called "label padding" and it's commonly used by junk food manufacturers who want to jump on the health food bandwagon without actually producing healthy foods.
  3. A third trick involves hiding dangerous ingredients behind innocent-sounding names that fool consumers into thinking they're safe.
  4. Did you know that the name of the food product has nothing to do with what's in it? These names are designed to sell products, not to accurately describe the ingredients contained in the package. A perfect example is Krafts Guacamole Dip that contains hardly any avocado.
  5. There is no requirement for food ingredients lists to include the names of chemical contaminants, heavy metals, bisphenol-A, PCBs, perchlorate or other toxic substances found in the food.
  6. Food companies have also figured out how to manipulate the serving size of foods in order to make it appear that their products are devoid of harmful ingredients like trans fatty acids. The smaller the serving size, the closer they get to the 0.5 g loophole where they don't have to list trans fat at all.

Moral of the story: Read labels carefully, because what you see, may not always be what you get.

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inlove23 inlove23 7 years
We all try to eat healthy yet they always have to trick us. I wish it was one hundred percent clear: this is healthy, and this is junk. But then no one would buy it. I've been trying to eat as healthy as possible: fruits, vegetables, I need to switch to wheat bread!
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 10 years
I always TAKE THE TIME TO READ THOSE LABELS because I Am supppperrr ANAL when it comes to what I eat! I will NEVER eat anything with sugar in it- or dairy, or wheat or gluten or ANYTHING! hahaha!
d_ford d_ford 10 years
ITA Nutmegs. I try and buy as little as possible processed foods. I just can't put that crap in my body. The thought of store-bought cookies, processed cheese, margarine...yuck. Food tastes so much better when made from scratch and you're body will thank you for it.
Nutmegs Nutmegs 10 years
I think another Moral of the Story is to try and stay away from processed foods. Fruits and vegetables come as is!
Orchid23 Orchid23 10 years
this article is so informative! It's really scary to know that food (which we need to refuel our system & live) can contain so much junk & dangerous chemicals to our bodies - maybe all this junk and harmful 'food' contributes to so many cancer cases in the US - we sure do need to learn from our counterparts in the UK about nutrition as quoted by misswills
kaa kaa 10 years
I'm so glad i don't have to deal with these confusing "..per serving size" labels. much more comfortable to have it per 100grams on every product, that way you can compare it much better. but i don't buy anything with more than 5 ingredients anyway, so i'm safe :-)
nancita nancita 10 years
Really informative (and scary). Thanks.
Supermom Supermom 10 years
Wow! Great info, I know my trips to the store are going to take alot longer while I examine each label.
misskboo misskboo 10 years
I agree with misswills. I live in the US but am originally from Australia, and when I first got here I was amazed with the amount of added sugar and hydrogenised fat in everything. The one thing that was most frustrating was trying to find whole grain bread without sugar (I'm not used to bread tasting sweet). Luckily I stumbled upon Ezekiel!
Feesje Feesje 10 years
Wow, this is useful. Thanks!
randomname12345 randomname12345 10 years
I'm living in England at the moment where food labels are a lot clearer and detailed than back home in the US. I didn't realize how much 'gunk' was in food back home until I started living here. Overall, there are fewer additives in food in England. A lot less high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils. It's also easier to buy food without added sugar. In fact, I've found that store-brand food in the UK often has the least amount of additives and sugar...and it's considerably cheaper than name-brand food, too! These little differences make it easier to maintain a healthy diet (and a decent food budget) and I only wish food makers back home would take a lesson or two from their counterparts in the UK.
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