The first step to developing a healthier lifestyle is being educated and knowledgeable on food labels. Food labels can be very misleading if you don’t know what to look out for. Below I have included easy steps and tricks to follow when reading food labels.
Step One: Read the Ingredient List
When reading the ingredient list be on the lookout for unfamiliar names. Most people aren’t aware that ingredients are listed in a specific order. Ingredients are listed from most to least included. A great thing to do is read the first three ingredients. If you recognize and approve of the first three ingredients, you are headed in the right direction.
Step Two: Watch out for Serving Size
Serving size is so important to look at. When purchasing a small bag of your favorite snack, don’t always assume it’s one serving. Often times companies will list it as unrealistic or misleading. Nutrition facts will follow the serving size.
Step Three: Don’t Fall for Misleading Claims
Misleading claims are everywhere! Organic is listed everywhere now a days. Just because sugar is listed as organic, doesn’t mean it’s healthier, it’s still sugar. When it says “no sugar added”, this means no natural sugar was added. Other variations of sugar are being added instead. The list goes on and on…
While there are many things to understand and look out for, here is a great start! Intrigued in learning more? There are many great websites going into greater detail! Let me know what you find!