The Importance of Reading Food & Product Labels


Drug and Food Administration requires all processed food to be labeled based from a set of guidelines. Some of these guidelines are: a label must have the list of values for a 2000 calorie diet and also limits both 2500 and 2000 calorie diet. Serving sizes was standardized according on the amount of ingredient and portion of the advice consumption it represents.

Food Manufactures are not allowed to:

–  List nutrients such riboflavin and thiamine that are always included in our diets.

–  Use such term “no cholesterol” for products which had no cholesterol.

–  List the information of ingredients which are in package.

–  Make a claim which is based in only one of the food items.

Manufacturers must follow the following rules:

–  Low in sodium only means that the food serving offers less than 140mg.

–  Reduced means that the food offers at least twenty-five percent lesser calories compared to regular products.

–  Low fat means that the food has no more than three grams of fat in every serving.

–  Fresh means the product cannot have been processed, frozen, heated or preserved chemically.

Packaged product is attached with labels and without analyzing, you could be fooled by thinking that all the products contain the same information. But, paying attention to the written information on every label is a sign that consumers can assure that their family eat the right foods and the most important is the right amount.

Reading the food labels not only helps to avoid overeating of a particular product but also help preserve known allergens far from those affected. Aside from that, people that have dietary problems can control what they eat and so to avoid problems like intolerance for wheat or caffeine it also helps if you compare. More importantly, consumers have the right to know what goes into their food so we should actively be reading these labels.

If you are aware of your weight and or health, then you will look at the food labels just to double check the amount of calories you can get in one serving. The calories by itself is not enough to tell you how good or bad the product is. For this reason, you need to pay attention to fats that the product contains. Amounts of sugar and sodium that the food contains is also anther health contributor.

The next time you visit supermarket, take just a little time to study food labels for the product you purchase. The label will not only help you define how bad the product is but also define how good the product is.

Take the time, read the labels.