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Decoding Food Label Claims – A Diabetic guide to grocery shopping


hi I’m Aviva goldfarb of the 6 o’clock
scramble and I’m delighted to be
partnering with the American Diabetes
Association encouraging you to eat well
America! preparing your own meals is a
great way to eat well giving you control
over the ingredients that go into your
food however food package claims and
marketing language can sometimes make
choosing ingredients tricky so what label
claims need decoding? let’s highlight
some of the more common ones you’ll see
first up: no sugar added or sugar-free this
sounds great
however a no sugar added product isn’t
necessarily sugar-free and sugar-free
products can still contain carbohydrates
products with these claims often have
just as many carbohydrates as the
original version instead turn to the
Nutrition Facts label and check total
carbohydrates it’s the total
carbohydrates in a food that really
matter to blood glucose levels next made
with whole grains a food with this
claim has to include whole grains but it
doesn’t have to include much look for
the phrase made with 100% whole grain
instead and check the ingredients for
whole wheat flour whole rye flour or
whole corn those are great choices on
the other hand enriched wheat flour
semolina flour or stone ground flour are
just different names for white flour and
that’s the less healthy choice similarly
foods that same made with fruits or
vegetables may actually contain very
little for the vegetable many times made
with fruit means fruit concentrates which is
just concentrated sugar
finally reduced with this claim it pays
to comparison shop reduced simply means
that it has 25% less than the original
product of whatever ingredients for
nutrient it’s highlighting often sodium fat
so to find a product with the least
amount of what you’re trying to avoid
compare the Nutrition Facts labels for
two brands of the same food side by side
all of this can sometimes be confusing
but if you steer clear of the front of
the box and focus on the Nutrition Facts
label and ingredients list and focus on
eating whole foods you can get the
information you need to make the
healthiest choice for you

Randall Smitham

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Ashraf Elsaadany Posted on November 19, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    انا ما فهيم انجليزي

    Reply
  2. cntrygal2007 Posted on November 19, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    So what percentage of carbohydrates on any packaged product should diabetics look for to be safe?  She doesn't address this.  She's not even a registered dietician.  Not impressed.  Not impressed at all.  It's great for someone like her to say "Make healthy choices".  If you cannot AFFORD "healthy choices" what CHOICE do you HAVE?!  I'm BEYOND tired of the likes of her saying "Eat healthy".  Yeah.  We'd ALL love to eat more healthy and not so much processed crap.  Ya know what, though?  Unlike this brainless twit, majority out there cannot AFFORD IT!

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