Organic, All-Natural, Low-Fat, and other food labels
Deciphering Food Labels
1. Vitamin and Mineral Claims
2. The All Natural Claim
3. The “Made with Whole Grains” Claim
4. The Low-Fat, Low-Sugar Claim
Even though many products are marketed as being low-fat and low-sugar, they typically contain drastically different nutrients than listed on the label. Food products that claim they contain milk, fruits, or vegetables typically don’t contain “real” ingredients. An example of this is blueberry muffins—instead of being made with actual blueberries, some of these products are made with artificial blueberry-flavored pieces. When a product says it contains milk, it might actually contain non-fat powdered milk, palm oil, sugar, and additives instead of actual “milk.”
So, What Does the FDA Actually Do?
In terms of checking labels, it’s important to understand what the FDA does to regulate the food industry. Although the FDA certainly does check food labels, they only verify that the “Nutrition Facts” panel is present on the packaging—but not if it is accurate. This means that labeling such as “0 trans fats” or “all-natural” is ignored regardless of truth. Because of this, it is estimated that one out of every ten food labels are inaccurate.
What’s The Solution?
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