Why You Should Stop Trusting Food Labels 0

Most people believe that by checking out the food labels of certain fat burning foods, they would be able to separate the healthy and the safe ones from those that are not. Note, however, that this belief is not true all the time. Remember that a lot of food manufactures make use of dirty tricks to persuade their target consumers to purchase their products by hiding fattening and harmful ingredients frequently found on foods being consumed every day. Even manufacturers who ingest fake ingredients into their products to trigger an addiction to the said foods. An example of this is trans fat which is considered by lots of food experts as extremely harmful to the human body.

Because of the misleading food labels often posted by food manufacturers on the packaging of their products, consumers are advised to be extra careful when selecting foods to buy. You should avoid instantly believing every buzz word used by manufacturers in their packages and labels. Note that lots of these manufacturers are always in search of an effective way to draw the attention of the public and lure potential consumers into buying their products by using the latest buzz words such as heart-healthy, fat-free and low carb. Continue reading this article to get to know more about the most common loopholes associated with food labeling.

Fat-Free / Low-Fat Foods that Actually Contain Fat

Visiting a grocery store might cause you to see shelves stuffed with foods claiming to contain the lowest amount of fat. There are even those that claim to have no fat content. If you are presently monitoring your weight, then probably the first thing that comes to your mind is to read the nutrition facts label of the food that you intend to buy to determine the specific amount of fat (in grams) that it contains. Its label or package might show that it has zero grams trans fat but you should remember that this does not mean that the food is totally free of fats. Note that the FDA established labeling guidelines that permit food products to be labeled as zero-fat or fat-free if its fat content is not more than 0.5 grams. Note that even with this small amount of fat, you can already hurt your diet and your healthy lifestyle especially if the fat used is unsaturated.

Foods Containing the Buzz Word “Natural”

The word natural often used by a lot of food manufacturers is very misleading since it remains unregulated by FDA. Most people believe that foods labeled as natural refer to minimally processed, safe, healthy and fresh foods and this often causes them to buy the said products while hoping that these could deliver great results when trying to stick to an organic diet. Note, however, that this misleading label does not have anything to do with the ingredients, health effects, safety and nutritional content of a certain food.

Note that most packed foods nowadays are made by processing them in one way or another. For instance, there are unhealthy foods like so-called  natural potato chips manufacturers may use real potatoes when manufacturing the products instead of those that come in the form of flakes, but you should remember that these are still among the food choices with high fat and less nutritional content. Another example is natural candy manufactured using cane juice for its sweetener. While this ingredient is more natural than white sugar, note that the candy can still cause you to gain weight if consumed in excessive amounts.

Foods Labeled as Zero Trans Fats

Everyone knows how damaging trans fats can be to your health so most people especially those who are conscious about their health and weight try to stay away from foods that contain high amounts of it. Note, however that you cannot just trust a food product’s claim that it contains zero trans fat. Before buying any of these foods, consider reading the list of its ingredients. Make sure that the list does not contain words like partially hydrogenated since these indicate that the food has trans fat in it.

Spotting Misleading Food Labels

To determine if the foods labeled as fat-free or fat-burning do contain fats, spend time checking out the ingredients’ list for any of the following terms:

  • shortening
  • partially hydrogenated vegetable oil
  • cream
  • milk solids
  • coconut oil
  • palm oil
  • palm kernel oil

To make sure that you ingest the healthiest and the most effective fat burning food choices into your system, consider preparing your foods from unprocessed and whole sources such as fresh meat, calcium-rich foods such as oats, dairy and whole grains, legumes, beans and real fruits and vegetables. You should also keep in mind that it would be impossible for you to make highly nutritious food choices by solely basing your decision on marketing phrases used by manufacturers on their packages and labels.