Nutrition Label Miscues

This article is based off information from Josh Bezoni’s official blog.

Nutritional labels are the baseline of determining if a food is either healthy or something that should be avoided. Unfortunately, many of the labels, approved by the government are misleading and offer a false sense of what is healthy. The way companies are portraying their labels are inaccurate but yet legal.

Here is how; when a label provides a serving size, the label then accounts for the fats and sugars in that particular serving size. Even if that portion size is essentially impossible, it is legal in the eyes of manufacturers and government officials. For example, the Pam Cooking Spray label gives a very inaccurate display of their product. They display a serving size of one third second for the time sprayed. Anymore who has used the product in the past understands that at least 3-4 full seconds to coat a pan. Given the serving size of one third of a second, they technically are able to say the product offers zero fat, when in fact the entire can of spray is Canola oil which is fat.

Another example of how several labels are misleading the general public is when meats are brought into the picture. Even though ground turkey is considered healthy, the way the labels are configured make them seem as if they advertise the food is healthier. Labels can display how they are upwards of 85% fat free, when in reality the amount of fat and calories in the serving size is equitable to eating a burger from a fast food restaurant.

Combining common sense and abilities to correctly read labels to eat healthy is a trait which should be always practiced. When at the store next time, reading up on nutrition facts is important to really read the labels correctly, if a food seems too good to be true according to the label, it most likely is.

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