There are many key phrases food companies use that are deceiving or lead you to believe a product is better than it actually is. Here are some phrases to look out for:
- “Fortified, “enriched”, “added”, “extra”, and “plus” all mean that nutrients such as fiber and minerals have been removed during processing and replaced with synthetic vitamins. Instead, look for 100% whole-wheat, high-fiber, and low sugar.
- If a drink is labeled “Fruit Drink” instead of “100% Fruit Juice” then there is probably no real fruit in it and is most likely loaded with sugar.
- If you see products that say, “Made with wheat, rye, or multigrain” then those products have very little whole grain. Make sure to look for the word “whole” to ensure that you are buying a 100% whole grain product.
- When searching for organic products, only trust labels that say “Certified Organic”.
- If something is labeled sugar-free or fat-free, it is most likely going to be high calorie. Most of the time companies will add in more unhealthy ingredients that have the same, if not more, calories to substitute for the sugar and fat.
Hopefully this makes your grocery shopping experience a little less stressful. Make sure you know what you’re buying and what you are putting in your body. Read all labels! The more you know, the better you will be in the long run.