8 healthy labels and their meaning

1. Natural has no definition

High fructose corn syrup is considered “natural” despite being a chemical byproduct.

2. “Zero Trans Fats” does not mean zero

Trans fats can take advantage of a common food label loophole: if food has 0.5 grams or less of a nutrient, it can be listed as zero grams on the nutrition facts label.

3. “Made with Real Fruit” or “Contains Real Fruit Juice” has no minimum amount

One good way to check how much real fruit is used in a drink is to check the ingredients. If high fructose corn syrup is high the list, chances are the amount of actual fruit is low.

4. “Whole Grains” is not the same as 100% whole grain

There are many variations on the “grain” idea, but only “100 percent whole grain” can be considered a healthy choice. Everything else can slip by with just scant amounts of the good stuff.

5. “Fat Free/Low Fat” is sometimes attributed to products that are naturally fat-free anyway

Some products may try to trick you with a fat-free label. For example, “fat free” orange juice is redundant — oranges are fat free to begin with.

6. “Fresh” can also mean frozen
For example, chicken can be kept at 24 degrees (well below freezing) to keep from spoiling.

7. “Enriched” is commonly mistaken for fortified

When a food such as flour is processed, vitamins and minerals are lost. Enriching the flour adds the vitamins back in, but their whole grain counterparts are much healthier.

8. “Extra Light Olive Oil” refers to color, not content

With many food products, “light” means that there is 50 percent less fat or sodium, or a third of the calories. Not so with olive oil: light simply refers to the color of the oil, which sounds healthier but just means your oil will be more translucent.
from Business Insider.
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