Health Minute: Food Marketing Myths

Health Minute: Food Marketing Myths

Do shoppers who only read the front of labels on food have a good understanding of what they're getting?
If you're one of those people at the grocery store who only reads the front label on food packages, listen up.  

You might not have a good understanding of what you're getting.  

Grocery shopping can be about getting in, getting what you need, and getting out.

But are shoppers buying what they think they're buying?

A few common misconceptions?

First, bread labeling can be tricky, says registered dietitian nutritionist ann dunaway teh. You want to look for it to say 100%.

Also the term "light" can be confusing. It can be spelled two different ways, but mean the same thing.
"light" can mean less calories, fat or sodium than a food's original counterpart.

And trans fats, many manufacturers have removed these 'bad' fats from foods, but not all of them have done so.  Just because a food says zero

You want to look in the ingredients for the words "partially hydrogenated oil" - the major source of trans fat - and steer clear of those items.

Being a proactive and informed shopper can go a long way.

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