One of the most confusing pieces of writing on the planet.
Move over Shakespeare and physics text books, food labels are confusing everybody. E.V.E.R.Y.B.O.D.Y
You could also look at a food label and see low amounts of fat/ sugar/ sodium and think 'Hey that's pretty good!' little did you know that the serving size is about a quarter of what any human would deem acceptable
If you thought it stopped there, think again! The FDA defines sugar as sucrose... therefore if the product is sweetened by any other sweetener it can legally be labelled 'sugar free.'
Also, have you ever noticed packages with a big 'All Natural!' heading splashed across the front? Well sugar is natural my friends, so is salt and so is high-fructose corn-syrup (a corn-derived artificial sweetener) this would be pretty funny, if it weren't true. Like labeling a packet of potatoes as gluten free. Um, I'm pretty sure every potato is gluten free :)
Why can't you just create products that contain actual whole, natural ingredients. Why do you have to be so sneaky and trick everyone into thinking your product is amazing? What did the world ever do to you?
So many questions and really only one answer.
Luckily an apple doesn't come with a food label. Do you know why? Because the ingredients include: apple. A pumpkin also doesn't have a food label, with one ingredient there probably isn't a point ;) And get this... a tomato.... doesn't have a food label either!
Ok, I think you get the picture. Buying fresh, unprocessed foods ensure you know exactly what's in them, even without the use of a food label. So it's indisputable that we should stock up on these instead of those 'All Natural!' 'Fat Free!' juices etc.
However, I know that now-a-days it's pretty impossible to live of only natural wholefoods., especially if you're a mother with picky kids, or you're throwing a party, or you're having friends round, or you simply want a cracker! So here's some extra tips when trying to decipher the bewildering food labels.
- Check out the serving size relative to the amount in the packet. If it is ridiculously tiny, multiply the amounts on the food label by however many you are actually going to eat- then make your judgement as to whether or not it's still 'healthy'.
- Take the phrases 'All natural' 'Sugar free' 'Gluten free' 'Fat free' and many other claims with a grain of salt (well maybe not salt- there's probably enough in the product already!) and make sure you figure out what's subbed into the item to make it still taste good (sugar/ salt/ fat)
- Lastly, if you don't know what that ingredient is (looking at you Thymine Hydrochloride) then chances are your body won't either so step away from the product
That's it from me today, but I hope I've helped some of you out with the dreaded food label.
Before I go- today's budget meal of the day:
Any comments/ questions/ queries are always welcome!
Do you understand food labels?
Have you ever got sucked into false claims?
Do you think tomatoes should come with a food label?
See ya later! :D