Dr. Katz, author and medical contributor for ABC News, shared his five foolproof tips for deciphering food labels with eDiets and I found them enlightening, so I wanted to share them with you.
- Never Trust the Front of the Package. No matter how enticing the claims on the front of that bag, box, bottle or can may seem, you need to spin that package around in order to get to the truth. "Always look at the ingredient list and the nutrition facts," Dr. Katz advises. "That’s the only place on a food package where you are guaranteed to get the truth… and nothing but the truth."
- Pay Attention to the First Ingredient. Remember the ingredients are listed in order of abundance. Therefore, Dr. Katz advises consumers to pay careful attention to the first item on an ingredient list. "In a breakfast cereal, if the first ingredient is sugar, you have to ask yourself whether this is really a cereal product. I think if the first ingredient is sugar, it is a sugar product. That means it is more like a dessert."
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