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12 Things To Lookout For When Shopping At Supermarket

12 Things To Lookout For When Shopping At Supermarket


Most of us rely on what we see on the label when shopping for items at the supermarket. What most of us doesn’t know is labels on processed foods are not there to educate us but to entice us into buying them. “The health claims on packaging are there because they sell products,” says Laurie David, executive producer of Fed Up, a new documentary film that investigates the factors and consequences of obesity in children. “Even people who know a lot about food don’t necessarily know,” David says.

Health Claims Debunked

Claim: “Made With Whole Grain”
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: The small amount of whole grains doesn’t cancel out everything else.
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Claim: Great Source of [Important Nutrient]!
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: The nutrient is actually highly processed and, therefore, not that beneficial to your health.
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Claim: “Natural,” “All Natural,” and “Made With Natural Flavors”
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: The word “natural” is meaningless when it comes to food labels.
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Claim: Great source of protein!
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: The protein is highly processed and served with too much sugar.
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Claim: “Made With Real Fruit”
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: Usually the “real fruit” is actually a highly processed fruit puree or fruit juice, which just concentrates their sugar.
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Claim: “Sugar Free”
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: Filled with artificial sweeteners instead.
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Claim: “Low Fat” or “Reduced Fat”
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: Probably high in sugar and/or other processed substances.
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Claim: “Fat Free”
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: Probably filled with sugar and/or artificial junk.
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Claim: “0g Trans Fat”
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: Up to 1/2g of trans fat per serving.
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Claim: “No Cholesterol”
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: There probably wasn’t going to be any cholesterol in this anyway.
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Claim: “Gluten Free”
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: Unless you have celiac disease, gluten-free isn’t necessarily healthier.
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Claim: Rich in Omega-3s
Health Claims Debunked
Truth: Those Omega-3s may come from added fish gelatin and don’t make the product any healthier.
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source: buzzfeed



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