The Journal Agricultural Economics recently published interesting conclusions from an analysis of 25,000 responses in the Us National Health interview Survey. Based on the findings it concluded that those that read food labels are thinner than those who don’t. As someone that avidly reads all the labels on everything I buy I often wonder how many others do the same. According to the survey it revealed that:
- People living in metro areas tend to read labels more often
- Women tend to read labels more often (74%) than men (58%)
- Level of education correlates with label reading
Do you agree with their conclusions?
The FDA mandates that all food items contain nutrition facts label and ingredients list and it is important to read both. Yes it may take a little extra time in the grocery store, but knowing what is exactly in your food should be important to you. Many may be surprised about the ingredients that are in your foods, but many fail to read the labels. For instance, a product may claim to be low calorie, but in actuality the manufacturer removed the some sugar and added an artificial sweetener that you might not want yourself or your child consuming.
Even products such as orange juice and fruit chips would naturally be viewed as healthy right? Made with oranges and fried fruit, but if you read the food labels on most juices and health products they contain as much as 6 tablespoons of added sugar. Meanwhile, you have lost all the benefits of eating the original fruit. Reading the labels on your foods and switching or eliminating the product all together with misleading information can improve your health tremendously.
Consuming unprocessed foods are always the best option, but read labels carefully to get the healthiest option. With the advances of technology at our fingertips, it makes it easier than ever to find ingredients of a variety of foods. A great resource tool on the go or at home for finding the facts on nutrition on foods is the Fooducate website or their mobile aps. Fooducate provides detailed information on a variety of products with tips, alternatives and guides to better grocery shopping.
Happy Healthy Shopping !
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