YOU READ LABELS AT THE SUPERMARKET LOOKING FOR HEALTHY
BUT SOMETIMES YOU'RE STUMPED BY SIMILAR CLAIMS.
REDUCED SODIUM" PASTA SAUCE? OR THE ONE LABELED "LOW
-- MARY JO --
LOW-FAT" AND "LIGHT
MICHELLE LI HAS A GUIDE TO SOME LABELING BUZZWORDS
THAT CAN REALLY TRIP YOU UP.
Whole grain" or "multi-grain?" How about "low fat"
Sugar free" or "no sugar added?
Scanning labels can be daunting,
but there are some simple things
you can do, like looking for
low sodium" means a food can't contain more than 140
milligrams of sodium, per serving.
That's much clearer than something labeled
which only means it has less sodium than the original
In fact, the reduced sodium version of this chicken
broth still has a hefty 560 milligrams.
The same is true for "light" versus "low fat." "Light"
only means less than the original.
"Low fat" means it must have three grams of fat or
less, per serving.
How about "multi grain" or "whole grain?
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Consumer Reports Nutritionist
Multiple grains aren't a bad thing,
but they can still be processed, so
no sugar added,
that contain hydrogenated versus partially-hydrogenated
oils? Consumer Reports nutrition experts say: Stay
away from both.
Neither is heart healthy.
MARY JO --
RATHER THAN HYDROGENATED OR PARTIALLY-HYDROGENATED
LOOK FOR OLIVE AND CANOLA OILS ON INGREDIENT LISTS.
THEY'RE BETTER FOR YOUR HEART.