Food Labels Lie
How food labels lie.
Let’s talk about how food labels lie. Part of becoming more healthy is eating right. That means learn that reading food labels is the only way to make sure you’re eating right.
Either learn how to read food labels or make all your food from scratch with basic ingredients. Even then you’ll need to know how to read a food label to make sure the raw ingredients are what you think they are.
Unfortunately, the government organizations don’t protect us like the public thinks. They are allowing outright lies and deception on food labels as the examples below will show.
Serving Size Lies - Food manufacturers have certainly hired a lot of the Clinton era wordsmiths to write their politically correct labels. Unfortunately, many of these food labels are intentionally deceptive. Take a Pepperidge Farm Roasted White Meat Chicken Premium Pot Pie for example. It says it has 510 calories and 9 grams of saturated fat. Whoops, that’s because they say it has 2 servings. One person can easily eat one small pie and most people will. Then you're taking in more than 1,000 calories and 18 grams of saturated fat from a small pot pie.
Misleading Labels - Another way the food labels lie is by misleading you. Smuckers Simply Fruit sounds like the pictured fruit would be only the fruit you are buying but it’s full of cheaper fruit syrup concentrate. Eggo Nutri-Grain pancakes are Made with Whole Wheat and Whole Grain, but they’re made mostly with white flour.
Multigrain Tostitos - Just 8 chips have a gram of sugar. That didn’t come from the whole grain! How about the words lightly sweetened? General Mills Crispy Wheats n Raisins and Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats think a 20% and 22% sugar content is lightly sweetened? Pass me an insulin needle quick!
Implied Ingredients - General Mills breakfast cereal, Berry Berry Kids sounds good but there are no berries! Quaker has a kids snack the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Ultra-Fruit Power Bolts. Oops there’s no fruit or even fruit juice in it. Speaking of fruit juices many of them are now loaded with high fructose corn syrup. That doesn’t grow on an apple tree does it?
Gerber Graduates for Toddlers Juice Treats have pictures of oranges, grapes, cherries, peaches, and pineapples but the top two ingredients are high fructose corn syrup and sugar. And we wonder why children get diabetes?
How can Post Golden Crisp Cereal say it is wholesome with sugar as a 1st ingredient? It has hydrogenated oil, and 2 other types sugar. Hidden Valley Original Ranch Fat Free dressing with bacon has 140 calories but 130 of those are from fat. How is that fat free?
What do the words All Natural mean on a food label? The USDA says the all-natural seal refers only to how a specific food was processed. Has nothing to do with how it was raised or produced.
Cow milk, which you should not drink at all, has a good one. Cow milk’s labeling says 2%. 2% of what? They don’t say what the 2% is! 34% to 40% of its calories come from fat. People buy it because 2% sounds like low fat. Now compare that to whole milk which is 50% fat. Hmmn, that 2% is funny math.
Light Foods - We read the words light on a food label and think that means low on calories or fat but food manufacturers can be talking about the product color, flavor or texture. The food manufacturers see the label as something to sell the food not to provide real truth with.
Hiding the sugar - Food labels lie by hiding the sugars. Food manufacturers use several other words to hide their sugars. Words like dextrose, maltose, sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, corn syrup solids, brown sugar, turbinado and other sugar ingredients.
Sugar Free - Some food labels lie when they say sugar freeThis one is a diabetics nightmare. Sugar free on the label but the sugar is really there. It’s just listed on the label as dextrose, maltose, sucrose, fructose, turbinado, corn syrup, carob powder, sweetened condensed milk, high fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup, molasses, saccharose, etc. The words natural flavors can also be hiding sugar. Sugar alcohols do not have to be listed as sugar. They are glycerol, maltitol, sorbitol, xylitol, etc.
Whole Grains - The whole grain label lie. Food companies know that the public is looking for healthier foods. Rather than make them, some manufacturers are simply making up new labels to make their foods appear to be full of whole grains. They use the words whole grain in creative ways on the label like with whole grain or made with whole grain. Sure, the base ingredient may have started as a whole grain, before it was stripped of it’s nutrition!
Lucky Charms, Trix, Golden Grahams and Rice Chex may say Whole Grain in big letters on the box but read carefully. The label also says enriched or refined white flours or wheat flour. They only contain 1 gram of fiber per serving and that’s the giveaway that the label is lying.
Have you seen something on a food label and you’re not sure what it is? Google it and find out. If it’s a deceptive product return it to the store and get a refund. Then, if you’re feeling really deceived, write the food producer and the agency that regulates them to complain.
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