Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

How do you decipher product labels?

by Lucy (follow)
Turn off the TV and tune into your own imagination. Enjoy each moment, allowing your creativity to unfold in the kitchen, craft space or in nature.
Health (481)      Food (520)      Kids (112)      Household (57)     


Label, reading product label, food additives


Do you stand for ages in the supermarket aisle reading the fine print?
Have you ever purchased a so called health food product only to discover it contained unwanted nasties?

Food products seem to have a growing list of ingredients, often with a complicated numbering system. So how does one decipher all that scientific jargon? Do you watch out for MSG (620 -625)? Or certain additives, preservatives or colorings? Perhaps certain "numbers" send your kids a bit loopy.

How do you decipher food product labels?

#Food
#Health
#Household
#Kids
#November Competition
I like this Question - 7
Ask and answer questions for a share of ad revenue - click here
[ Submit an Answer ]
Top Answers
When studying labels, we definitely avoid colors (102 - 175), sulphites (220 - 228) and Aspartame (951) as there is a mountain of research about the negative effects of these. Many bottled juice drinks, sports drinks and soft drinks contain high fructose corn syrup or the equivalent to multiple teaspoons of sugar, so it's useful to check the sugar content of "healthy drinks". Also, some food products say they are "organic" however on closer inspection, there is nothing actually certified organic in the ingredients - so we tend to watch out for that one too. The list goes on, but I think it's something useful to be aware of.
by Lucy
In the UK a lot of products have adopted a traffic light coding system to let you know how much a serving has of RDA ingredients. Green means that there is a healthy quantity, while orange and red means that there is more is more than you really should be consuming in one sitting.
If there is more than 10 grams of sugar for every 100grams, I would avoid that product like the plague.
To know what is in the food you would need to go to ingredients. The product that they use the most is the first item, and they use the least is the last item. They also used coding for preservatives and may even use colors in the product. Most the time, if you are uncertain, you can decode those by doing a quick google search.
I look for the word " natural" on packaging. If it says
Natural colours and flavours it passes my natural
test. Then I look for something with high protein
and lower amounts of sugar. You'd be surprised how
many products are more than 50% sugar.
I don't tend to read the labels, as I don't really understand what they mean. The maximum I would do is check out the calories.
More Questions by Lucy
view all questions by Lucy
Articles by Lucy on Other Hubs
3 likes
If you want to brighten up a child's room, then maybe this felt frog could be the answer
12 likes
Isn't this idea so cute and what a "handy" present
13 likes
ID: 5861
Trending Questions
Categories
Health (481)
Life (377)
Parenting (210)
Beauty (136)
Food (520)
Travel (227)
Money (143)
Fitness (60)
Career (58)
Lifestyle (332)
Family (306)
Fun (266)
Children (244)
Home (179)
Personal (174)
Shopping (172)
Cooking (153)
Fashion (135)
Christmas (117)
Kids (112)
Wellbeing (110)
Animals (104)
Social (104)
Work (102)
Ethics (84)
Sleep (82)
Love (80)
Hobbies (75)
Clothes (75)
Music (73)
Holiday (71)
Body (69)
Friends (64)
Advice (60)
Silly (59)
Reading (58)
Car (53)
Women (53)
Nature (51)
Books (51)
Safety (51)
Movies (50)
Hair (50)
School (49)
Gifts (49)
Pets (48)
Cars (47)
Featured on Other Hubs
Pokemon Go is the current craze and not just with children and teenagers
7 likes
Trending on Other Hubs
It is that time of the year, when everyone around is either sniffing, sneezing or coughing
9 likes
While fashion is a language that traverses the world, some cities are renowned for their distinc...
5 likes
 
Copyright 2012,2013,2014,2015,2016 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version