Okay. Reminder done.
I pray all is well! ♥
Denise L. replied March 6, 2012 at 15:16 UTC:
I read a lot of labels at the supermarkert. However, it really does ring true that you shoud read the front AND back of the boxes.
Recently, I really wanted something chocolate,so I ventured into the cake Isle. I found a box of brownie mix that said, "Low Fat" on the front. I turned the box around and read the back. While there was less fat by like 3 grams, there was more sugar and more calories in the low fat brownies, than in the regular brownies. Be very careful and very aware of anything that says LOWFAT.
Write a reminder on your grocery list to read the packaging
- front & back - of two items that you purchase on your next
shopping trip. Keep in mind that the bigger the promises
on the front of the box, the closer you should read the fine
print on the back!
Food makers are very in tune with what people are trying to eat
/ avoid eating to stay healthy. As a result, they regularly change
their packaging to maximize perceived benefits (like zero trans fats
/cholesterol) & hide perceived problems (like high amounts of sugar/
sodium). By giving a thorough read of the front & back labels, you minimize
your chances of making purchases that overpromise & underdeliver.
Jonye day 2 & we're on way. (( - ;
Happy Monday, my friend.
I read food packaging front & back all the time.
A vow is fixed and unalterable determination to do a thing,
when such a determination is related to something noble
which can only uplift the man who makes the resolve.
~ Mahatma Gandhi
It is better to run the risk of being considered indecisive,
better to be uncertain and not promise, than to promise and not fulfill.
~ Oswald Chambers
Have a good DC friends. (( - ;
God's blessings, joy, hope, & peace on your heads...
grateful & humble servant & steward ♥ +doC Steve-Laure♥♥♥
I always read food labels. I find it comical that a certain food claims to be only 120 alories, but the serving size is unrealistic. Like some heat and eat meals, the Sodium is outrageous, and the serving size is only half a pack. who is really goint to eat only half? Thats why its so important check not only the claories and sodium, but the serving size as well.
I like what the intro. says: "the bigger the promises on the front of the box, the closer you should read the fine print on the back!" I do this routinely with an iphone app called Shopwell. It scans the barcodes of items & gives me all the info from the back in a format I can see without my glasses. It also tells me if a product is a match based on parameters that I have set. It also tells me if there is another product which matches my objectives more closely.
I am a chronic label reader, sometimes to the point of being annoying to other people. I attended an Academy Awards party in Madison, WI last weekend, and couldn't stop myself from reading the ingredients list on a box of crackers someone brought. Shame. But hey, you never know where hydrogenated fats are hiding.
It's important to me to avoid hydrogenated fats as much as I can, because they're an evil of the highest rank. All saturated fats will increase one's LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, but hydrogenated fats' sinister trick is that it also lowers HDL (good) cholesterol at the same time. Nasty!
Which brings me to the problem of product labeling. A product can claim to be trans-fat free even when it isn't. All because of round numbers. If a product contains less than .5 grams of hydrogenated fat, it will appear on the nutrition label as 0g. This is how the label on my Skippy Reduced Fat peanut butter appears, even though hydrogenated vegetable oil is fairly high up on the ingredients list. Oh, how I wish I could give up my Skippy peanut butter.
Using the USRDA's model of 2,000 calories per day, it could potentially take just barely over 4 servings of foods with 'hidden' hydrogenated fats to go over the recommended maximum of 2 grams per day. So, until the USRDA changes their labeling policy, I'm going to shamelessly read labels.
All done, usually do this anyway as I am aware of this type of misleading advertising.
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