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Do You Read Food Labels?

The discussion about whether or not soy sauce is actually soy sauce made me wonder about food labels in general and whether or not people actually read them. I'm fortunate enough not to have any major food allergies and have stupidly stopped counting calories years ago, so I rarely look at the actual labels (although I try not to buy too many processed food items, so in theory I wouldn't have that many labels to read). How about you? Do you read food labels?

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lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
oh yes!!
m38967 m38967 10 years
as a vegetarian, i always read food labels on my food and drinks. i look out for fiber, sodium, iron, protein, sugar, fat, and of course, the big c, calories.
SU3 SU3 10 years
tvjunkie45 tvjunkie45 10 years
If I didn't I'd probably be dead, I'm allergic to so much crap.
jendudley jendudley 10 years
I would be scared if I did. I would keel over.....
GeikoSera GeikoSera 10 years
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Although sometimes I prefer not to know, I always read labels. If it have more than two ingredients I cant pronounce I usually put it back.
haze1nut haze1nut 10 years
OMG OMG OMG! EVVVVVVVVERYONE NEEDS TO READ FOOD LABELS!!! seriously, packaging is misleading and if you're watching your diet you need to check the calories and fats and cholesterol and compare compare!! once you compared and figured out which produc is best for you, you don't need to read the label again! i always feel like people who 'let themselves go' (aka moi before) never properly read a food label before buying! NOW i read them all the time! i'm always checking for MORE FIBER, lower calories and fat.
karebear karebear 10 years
Since I started exercising more and trying to eat better, I definitely read food labels. I always try to look for high fructose corn syrup, trans fat, and sugar content.
mdbzmom mdbzmom 10 years
I try to watch sodium and if the list of ingredients is super long with addatives I don't get it.
CestLaVie CestLaVie 10 years
The first thing I check for is calories then go down the list of ingredients for all of the sugar products in it.
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
i'm usually looking at things like calcium, vitamin c, calories, and serving size. not really looking at the actual ingredients in the food i'm buying, as i don't know what half the stuff is anyway. lol so I guess, like some others on here, i should stop stocking up on the processed foods.
partysugar partysugar 10 years
I never read food labels. But I'm like you Yum, I rarely eat processed foods and when I do I'm splurging and dont care how much fat/calories is in my potato chips or ice cream.
pinupsweetheart pinupsweetheart 10 years
I do sometimes. If I am picking out something naughty like ice cream - I will try and at least pick the one with the less calories.
sugar_me_sweet sugar_me_sweet 10 years
i read food labels. it's important to know that you're are getting the right amount of carb, fiber, fat, and protein. but i really need to work on not eating processed foods.
bobcatsteph3 bobcatsteph3 10 years
I read them, while I'm on a constant quest to gain weight I'm not willing to do it by putting certain additives in my body. Ewww!
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I always do. My husband is a food nazi and high fructose corn syrup isn't allowed in the house.
mabess mabess 10 years
after weight watchers, i'm usually pretty careful. however, sometimes if it's something i know isn't great for me, like ice cream, i don't even wanna know so i don't look! ha. that's awful.
Athena1 Athena1 10 years
I am food obsessed and a reader.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
I usually do and it drives my husband crazy too!
vmruby vmruby 10 years
Yes i do sometimes and it drives my husband loco.......
llendril llendril 10 years
i agree with designrchic. packaging can be very misleading, and your best bet is to do your research beforehand and know what's in the food you're eating.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I read them all the time. It's extremely important to know what you're putting in your body. Sometimes you think a certain snack's healthy for you because the box says "Whole Wheat or low-carb" until you look at the nutrition and ingredients.
sugar_magnolia sugar_magnolia 10 years
I read them more recently mainly because my husband and I are attempting to limit our intake of high fructose corn syrup. Which basically means we don't each much processed food. Seriously, that stuff is in everything!!!
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