Understanding food labels

food-labels-featuredWith all of the toxins being introduced in our foods, it's now more important than ever to be able to understand the information on the product label. It's a step in the right direction, although it won't keep you completely free from what could be considered toxins like GMO. For example, some of Kellogg's cereal products contain GMOs as previously discussed in another article here. But this has more to do with mandatory labeling which isn't being enforced in North America.

C.D. Shelton's book, Nutrition (Know What You're Buying: How to Read Food Labels) will be a big help to you in understanding how to read food labels, and exactly what they mean. The book is only 23 pages long, so it's a quick read. It's narrated as a mother shopping at the supermarket for groceries for her family. It's free for the next 24-48 hours as part of an Amazon promotion.

Another resource I'd like to mention is an article on the FDA website, How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label, but keep in mind that the FDA isn't going to warn you about by products included in your food that they have determined is safe for you to eat in small doses.

Still, it's felt that these two resources can offer you some guidance in helping to make sure you and your family are eating healthy. Plus it doesn't hurt to google some of the terms you may not be familiar with. For example, a lot of products on the shelves these days are made from enriched flour. This means the vitamins and minerals have been removed to give the product a longer shelf life. But this causes the product to break down too fast once ingested so it turn into extra sugar. Still, there aren't any FDA warnings about it. It's still safe to eat, just not as good for you.

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