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LOOK & LEARN

LOOK AT THE LABEL. LEARN THE TRUTH.

CHECK OUT THE INGREDIENTS LIST

Product ingredients are listed by quantity, from highest to lowest amount.

That means that the first listed ingredient is what the manufacturer used the most of.

A good rule of thumb is to scan the first three ingredients, because they are the largest part of what you’re eating.

If the first ingredients include refined grains, some sort of sugar or hydrogenated oils, you can be pretty sure that the product is unhealthy.

Instead, try to choose items that have whole foods listed as the first three ingredients.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-read-food-labels#section1

LOOK & LEARN

LOOK AT THE LABEL. LEARN THE TRUTH.

WATCH OUT FOR SERVING SIZES

The back of nutrition labels state how many calories and nutrients are in a single serving of the product.

However, these serving sizes are often much smaller portions than people generally eat in one sitting.

In this way, manufacturers try to convince consumers into thinking that the food has fewer calories and less sugar than it actually does.

Many people are completely unaware of the correct serving size. They often assume that the entire package is a single serving, while it may actually consist of two, three or more servings.

If you’re interested in knowing the nutritional value of what you’re eating, you have to multiply the serving given on the back by the number of servings you consumed.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-read-food-labels#section1

LOOK & LEARN

LOOK AT THE LABEL. LEARN THE TRUTH.

MISLEADING LABELING CLAIMS – WHAT THEY ACTUALLY MEAN…

Health claims on packaged food are designed to catch your attention and convince you that the product is healthy.

Organic: This label says very little about whether the product is healthy or not. For example, organic sugar is still sugar. Only certified organically grown products can be guaranteed to be organic.

Gluten-free: Gluten-free does not equal healthy. It simply means that the product doesn’t contain wheat, spelt, rye or barley. Many foods are gluten-free, but can be highly processed and loaded with unhealthy fats and sugar.

Low-calorie: Low-calorie products have to contain 1/3 fewer calories than the same brand’s original product. However, one brand’s low-calorie version may contain similar calories as the original of another product.

Made with whole grain: There is probably very little whole grain in the product. Check the ingredients list and see where the whole grain is placed. If it is not in the first 3 ingredients, then the amount is negligible.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-to-read-food-labels#section1