Food Labels: Fact or Fiction

//Food Labels: Fact or Fiction

Food Labels: Fact or Fiction

As all other things, the government controls food labeling laws.

Simply put, they allow food manufacturers to adjust serving sizes and round the amount of fat grams down.

Take cooking spray as an example. The label claims that one-third of a second of spraying equals one serving size and that serving size is fat free. Realistically when cooking, spraying this for one-third of a second would get you nowhere. In most cases it takes several seconds to get an entire area covered for cooking. This makes it no longer fat free, but they neglect to mention that on the label.

Most packaging makes consumers think that the products they are consuming are trans-fat free. When taking a closer look at the label, it is clearly stated that most of these products contain partially hydrogenated oils. This is a number one culprit associated with trans-fat. So how can they claim that the product is trans-fat free? Food laws also allow manufacturers to state that their product is trans-fat free if it is .5 grams or less trans-fat. In order to find a way around this, the manufacturers adjust the serving size to fit the trans-fat free requirements. Who do they think they are fooling?

Here is a quick lesson on grams versus calories.

One gram of fat is equal to nine calories. One gram of protein and carbohydrates is equal to four little calories. That means that a gram of fat is almost double the amount of protein and carbs. Think about this; lean turkey sounds like a great choice for lunch. Check out the label and right there it will tell you that it is 85 percent fat free. So the 15 percent left over is fat by weight not calories. Yuck! Taking into consideration what is mentioned above about the grams of fat, it seems like a not so great choice after all.

Try opting for something lighter. Pay attention to the labels and you will find that choosing lean ground turkey containing white breast meat only, will save you on calories and fat. With only .5 grams of fat per serving, this is clearly a much better choice.

It isn’t a bad idea to start taking notice of everything you think about tossing into your grocery cart. It might take a little bit of time to start picking things out that are better or worse for you, but after you get the hang of it, there will be nothing to it. Try comparing the total number of calories listed on the label to the number of fat calories the product contains. Simply, if there is 100 calories in one serving and 50 are fat, there is a better option lingering somewhere nearby. Take notice and notice your health improve.

By | 2013-10-21T03:12:36+00:00 January 23rd, 2011|Categories: Nutrition|0 Comments

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