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I am a label reader from way back. Shopping for groceries is not a 5 minute thing for me. I wander down the aisle with great interest with what is on the shelves. I actually love grocery shopping. I know, strange but true.
There are many things you should be aware of when buying groceries and one of them is that the labels are a marketing tool and do not always tell the whole truth. So don’t be fooled by the label.
Always check the nutrition panel to check the following:
97% FAT-FREE « Sweets or biscuits may be low in fat but they are still not a healthy choice. The label may say “fat-free”, but usually anything fat-free is loaded with sugar. There are many forms of sugar, such as corn syrup, cane sugar juice, natural cane sugar and many more. So just because it says fat-free it doesn’t mean the kilojoules are any less. Check for salt, colors and preservatives.
LITE « This is also confusing as it may only mean lighter in flavor, color or taste. Once again check the labels for the amount of artificial flavoring and color, preservatives and salt.
MISLEADING PICTURES « An example of this is the pictures on cans of fruit. It may look very appetizing and colorful, but read the label to make sure they have real fruit in that can. Some cans contain artificial fruit and flavoring. Cherries are a good example of this and sometimes pears are replaced with an artificial substance.
NATURAL OILS « Palm and coconut oil are high in saturated fat, while vegetable oils are not healthy if they have been hydrogenated (turning them into a trans fatty acid, which clogs the arteries).
NO ADDED SUGAR « Sugar comes in different forms and names. The label may say no added sugar but you may notice it contains dextrose, fructose, glucose, maltodextrin and corn syrup – all of which can result in release of more insulin into the bloodstream causing greater risk of increased body fat.
When I am shopping for groceries I always get what ever is natural when possible. It all comes down to the quantity of what we eat and because it has less sugar or fat does not mean you can eat more or that it will make you any healthier or skinnier.