Food Labels: Decoding the Mystery

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Food is an enormous industry with a huge amount of effort focusing on food labels. We all know how tricky it can be to read them. For example, if you are looking for heart-healthy breakfast options, it is helpful that some products are labeled with health claims like “heart-healthy.” Does it really matter that Pop-tarts are labeled with the nutrient claim, “good source of 7 vitamins and minerals?” Or what does it really mean if a package claims that it is a "good source of calcium." 

Keep in mind that these claims and statements are not designed to give dietary advice. Food marketers use packaging to sell products and it is the consumer's job to understand what the information on the packages actually means. 

Check out this great article from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Food & Nutrition magazine. Written by a fellow Registered Dietitian, this article decodes the mystery of food labels so you know what different food claims mean and what to look for when shopping. 

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