Wednesday, January 20, 2016

For nutritional info, read back of package

According to the Institute for Food Technologists, shoppers face many Front of Pack "health claims"--but the ones on the front may be meaningless or even misleading.

The article appeared in the January issue of J of Food Science.

Researchers from Ohio State and St Joseph's University in Philadelphia examined 2,200 breakfast cereals and prepared meals sold between 2006 and 2010.

The Food & Drug Administration defines four types of Front of Pack claims:

--health claims
--qualified health claims
--structure/function claims
--nutrient claims

Words like "may reduce risk of heart disease, " "low-fat", or "cholesterol-free" compete with such terms as "organic," "natural, or "local,"

The latter three do not necessarily mean anything nutritionally.

The key: Know your nutrients--and read the info on the back.

You mean Wheaties will not make you an Olympian? Well darn!

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