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You Canít Always Trust Food Labels
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You can tell America has a weight problem by the number of fat-free, sugar-free, diet and light products available. The problem is we canít always trust the labels.
Companies want you to feel good about buying their product. Unfortunately, many companies will do or say anything to get you to be their customer. This means making their product look like itís the best choice.
For example, a company may tag their product with a low-fat label just because they reduced the fat by a couple of grams. The product may still be packed with fat but since itís a little lower than the original one, they can exploit the low-fat label.
In addition, low-fat and fat-free items are often higher in calories. Many times sugar or other ingredients are added in order to make up for any lost flavor from the removed portion of fat.
Another common tactic is for products to change the serving size in order for the calories to fit our caloric guidelines. Soft drinks may say they are two servings when the company knows both servings will be consumed by one person at one time. The same goes for snacks and other prepackaged items.
A different sales pitch is to claim it is high in protein. Does the average person really know what it means to be high in protein anyway? I bet not. Iíve read a lot of labels on products claiming to be high in protein when in fact they were not at all.
So what should you be looking for? If you are trying to lose weight, you need to be looking at calories and portion size. Begin really studying labels and comparing the new ďlighterĒ product with its predecessor.
Learn how calories add up by keeping a diet diary. This process can help you make better choices when shopping as you begin to budget more than just money, but calories too.