Understanding Nutrition Labels is Key to Healthy Eating

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:05pm

Even the most health conscious food shoppers can end up with products that aren't what they appear to be.

They may be loaded with things like extra sugars processed additives. Deciphering the label can help avoid unhealthy eating.

Registered dietitian Robin Kaiden says the Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture have very vague rules about what qualifies as "all natural".

Kaiden suggests looking for the USDA organic seal.

"That guarantees that the USDA is there at the facility to approve the fact that they are following the guidelines. Peanut butter is a healthy snack, but the problem is with peanut butters, a lot of them are made with hydrogenated oil. And the reason they do that is to make the shelf life longer, so you only want peanuts and salt, ideally," she explains.

Whole grain cereals are a great source of fiber, but again, read the labels closely even among the same brands of food. Some items may be packed with extra sugar.

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