Most of us know food labels can be misleading. But more times than not, people are just uneducated on what to look for to see the food companies’ misleading info. So who’s fault is it? Oddly, in this one case, I think the government (like Finland and New Zealand do) should be involved and actually looking out for our people. I’m only guessing that will never happen. The food companies are a huge lobby and so are the pharma companies. Not to mention, they wouldn’t want to shift focus from nationalized health care and actually do something that will lead to healthy people. I digress…
One of the most common confusing label issues are the serving size / serving per container. For example, a 20oz Mt Dew has 31 grams of sugar per 8oz serving. That’s 77 grams of sugar. That’s more sugar than most of us need in total carbs each day. There are people that drink three or four of them a day! Is there any wonder dialysis clinics are the fasting growing medical facilities in the US?
Another very common issue with food labels is the carb / sugar separation. I see it as a good thing because it allows me to quickly see how much sugar is in a food item (the second thing I look for after I clear the ingredients list). For the uneducated it just clutter on the label.
You need to know labels that claim organic, free range, hormone free or anti-biotic free are subject to the FDA’s very loose guidelines. The gov’t claims their guidelines are strict. But that is far from the truth. For a product to be labeled organic it most only meet 95% of the guidelines. A product can gain the label “100% Organic” if it is truly. Take a look at the grocery, there aren’t many foods with a label that reads 100% Organic. I look at it like this… either you are, or you are not. Organic should mean it is organic.
The best one so far, for me, is this one from Fresh Market (below). Whoever posts to comments first the misleading info contained in this ad gets a new CFW t-shirt or tank.