On today's episode of Live Lean TV, I'm busting 5 misleading nutrition label claims, that you need to avoid, even when they are FDA approved.
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So knowing the food industry has to comply with the FDA’s regulations, should you just trust every nutrition label claim that they approve?
I know you’re smarter than that.
Here are 5 misleading nutrition label claims to watch out for, even when they are FDA approved.
#1. Made with whole grains
Even though I’m not a huge fan of having a lot of whole grains in your diet, here’s why this nutrition label claim can be very misleading.
Unfortunately, the healthiest parts of the whole grain are usually stripped during processing, which essentially leaves you with bleached wheat flour, a.k.a. white flour.
So even though the nutrition label claims the product is made with whole grains, it could be primarily made with white flour, with just a small dosage of whole grains.
Even if the product is made with just 100% whole grains, it also doesn’t account for all the other unhealthy ingredients like sugar, vegetable oils, and artificial sweeteners, that may be added to the product.
Plus many packages promote that one serving contains “5 grams of whole grains”, however it takes 16 grams of whole grains to count as one serving of whole grains.
This means you’d need to eat more than 3 times as many servings to reach just 1 serving of whole grains.
So to ensure you’re not getting misled, always read the ingredients label and ensure the first grain ingredient, contains the word “whole”.
#2. Made with 100% real fruit
Be aware that some of these products may only contain small amounts of real fruit, or simply fruit juice or fruit puree.
However, depending on the processing of the fruit juice and fruit puree, the healthy parts of the fruit, including the fiber, and potentially the vitamins and minerals, may be eliminated.
Therefore you are essentially left with more added sugar, without all the nutrients.
#3. Trans fat free
Nutrition labels can claim to be trans fat free as long as the product contains 0.5g or less of trans fat per serving.
If you are eating 4 times the serving size of a “trans fat free” pie, you could still be consuming 2 grams of trans fat.
#4. Contains (insert superfood ingredient here)
Sometimes food manufacturers promote that their product contain superfood ingredients.
However, these products often times contain such low dosages of these superfood ingredients, that they won’t have any positive impact on your body.
This is often an issue in the supplement industry where formulators make proprietary blends containing the latest superfood.
By calling it a proprietary blend, they don’t have to tell you how much is in it.
#5. No added MSG
MSG is an additive that can increase the taste of some foods.
When over consumed, it may also lead to certain health risks.
So when manufacturers add “No MSG” or “No Added MSG”, it can mislead people into thinking there is no MSG in the product.
However, the manufacturer may not have directly add MSG to the product, MSG may be found in other ingredients that are found in the product.
So in conclusion, it’s important that you always do your own research.
Focus on reading the nutrition facts label and the ingredients list very carefully.
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