5 Secrets of Reading Food Labels Revealed
Whether you're concerned about cancer, cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, or simply losing weight, you want to eat a healthy diet
and focus on foods that are high in vitamins, minerals, and
phytonutrients, and balanced in fats, carbs, proteins.
There is only one way to incorporate healthy foods into our diet
and that is to make the decision to do it! Practical information
about the nutrition and safety of the foods we consume is
absolutely vital in making this decision.
One way to learn more about what we eat, is to snoop around the
supermarket. Check-out package labels to see what manufactures
are adding (or removing) from the foods we eat. Read the
information on the package and start making comparisons to
determine which foods are the best for YOU. Know about
nutritional labeling and the sometimes sneaky ways that
manufacturers have of hiding what is in the food. Know and
understand ingredient declarations, how they are used, and what
a few of the "technical" terms mean. Are the unfamiliar
ingredients good or bad for your health?
Since 1994 food manufacturers have been required by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA) to include food labels (or Nutrition
Facts labels) on product packaging so that consumers have
accurate nutritional information about the food they purchase.
But food labels are more than just a federal requirement