Food Labels can be tricky. Don’t fall for them
Nutrition labels can help you choose between products and keep a check on the amount of foods you're eating that are high in fat, salt and added sugars. These labels include information on energy in kilojoules (kJ) and kilocalories (kcal), usually referred to as calories. They also include information on fat, saturates (saturated fat), carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt. All nutrition information is provided per 100 grams and sometimes per portion of the food.
The food industry wants you to fall for these tricks, because they want you to buy their products. Watch out for these food labeling tricks.
- Healthy claims
It describes the food as healthy; such healthy bones, healthy immunity, etc. These health claims on the front of a box, is commonly used on products high in saturated fat, sodium, sugar, and more often in kids’ products.
Unprocessed foods increase the risk of obesity and many other diseases. Many food packages will have the word natural plastered somewhere to get your attention.
- Whole grain/ Multi grain
Food made with whole grains or multi grains may actually contain mostly refined flour. To make sure you are truly getting something healthy, be sure to always read the label and nutritional information.
Just because something is labeled low-fat or fat-free doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Fats are essential. But food companies replace it with something else to give it some taste. They replace it with refined vegetable oils, sugar, refined carbs, and artificial sweeteners. This stuff will likely make you fatter than fat itself.
Some foods claim to be sugar free. Keep in mind fat or sugar free does not always mean lower in calories.