As we age we start to think about our health a lot more than when we were kids. When we fall sick or see or hear of others we know who get sick, we think about exercise, body shape and diet. Diet is such an important factor in our health. Eating well is a huge help to our body. Eating badly can cause any number of woes.
Now there are any number of dietary books and websites around today. But one of the best guides to healthy reading is learning how to read food labels. We live in a world where processed food is everywhere. In some countries, authorities are determined to make food manufacturers ‘tell all’. In some countries, it’s possible to obey the law but still not tell the buying public how good or bad the contents can be.
Let’s take the ‘fat free’ claim used by many food manufacturers today. That piece of news is nearly always highlighted and can be a major reason why so many people buy that particular product. But ‘fat free’ doesn’t mean ‘sugar free’ and you could be enjoying your ‘no fat’ product while absorbing many calories and actually piling on the pounds.
Then there are terms on the food labels. Do you know the difference between carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates? Do you know the difference between trans fats and saturated fats? And if you did, how would that help in your food choice? Are you buying blind?
Parents know their children need plenty of healthy vitamins and minerals and see the food label which points out this fact. The children are given a breakfast cereal which definitely supplies the consumer with a great daily serve of those all-important vitamins and minerals but what else? There are some breakfast cereals which have more sugar than are found in chocolate.
Food labels are important, very important but if you don’t understand what they mean or if you like one part of the ingredients but don’t consider the other ingredients, then you could be doing yourself a disservice. The government requires food manufacturers to provide certain details about the contents of their products. The government doesn’t require consumers to read or even understand the food labels.