We’ve all been there. Standing in the aisle at the grocery store trying to decipher the contents of nutrition labels. You look right to left to right, confused, wondering “Which one should I buy?” The longer you look, the more the label appears to be written in a foreign language. And what are monosodium glutamate and partially hydrogenated soybean oil anyway? If you can’t say it, should you really eat it? Let’s face it, you have label questions. But don’t worry because we have label answers! Whether you’re trying to eat clean or choose the healthiest foods, we’ll show you how to examine labels, extract the facts, and make the best choices. Why, you’ll be a regular label detective by the time we’re through with you! Oh and by the way, that serving size you’ve been consuming (the whole container), you may want to reconsider after you read this.
Think you know your stuff when it comes to reading labels? Find out what you’ve got with this short quiz, and then check out these tips.
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Don't Believe the Hype
Since we’re talking labels, don’t be fooled by everything you read. There are a million things labeled organic, all natural, and local. But what does it mean and is it really true? Here’s a little something to help you separate fact from fiction.
Just the Facts
The nutrition label has been around for more than 20 years! During that time a lot changed, but the nutrition label stayed the same. Until it was updated in March 2014, that is, followed by an update in July 2015. As of July 2018, we can expect to see a few more changes coming our way. Learn more about the FDA updates, compliance deadlines, and new label format here.
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