July 20, 2022
There is an array of food products to choose from: breakfast cereals or snacks. In such a scenario, it is natural to shop extra and shop mindlessly.
What can you do to eliminate the extra in your shopping cart? A simple answer for this is, to read the food labels.
Will that actually help? Read on to find out.
Be aware: All packaged foods come with a nutrition label meant to provide you with the information necessary to know exactly what you're eating.
Choose right for your family: Reading food labels will make you understand what’s in the foods you eat, which will help you and your family make healthier choices.
Pick the best: Checking food labels also makes it easy for you to compare the nutrient content of different food items.
Better for your kids: It can help you choose foods that have the nutritional value your child needs.
Steer away from the bad: Food labels can help you limit the amount of fat, sugar and salt in your diet by making it easy for you to compare one food item with another and choose the one with lower amounts.
Stay fit: Conversely, you can use food labels to find food items higher in vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein.
Look out for allergens: It helps you avoid certain ingredients if you have a food intolerance or follow a diet that excludes certain components, such as dairy, and gluten.
Bottom line: Understanding what's in the food you eat may help you make conscious choices and that will ultimately help you avoid the extra in your shopping cart.
We have started a blog series focussing solely on Food Labels, answering all your questions in one place! Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a specific topic of interest to be covered, we would love to keep that as our priority!
Food safety and standards labelling and display regulations, 2019
FDA Nutrition Facts Label.
Food label reading: Read before you eat, Raksha Goyal and Neeta Deshmukh, 2018.
Saayma Rizvi (BSc in Food Science and Nutrition)