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NutriFACTS or NutriFAKES?: The Truth behind Food Labels

Have you ever wondered if those things written on the labels of food products that you bought are true? Nowadays, many would say no, because of many advertisements that appear regarding those false labels. What makes it funnier is that many people are still being fooled by statements such as low fat, Soda Zero or even zero fat. With everyone being conscious about losing weight, it can be almost obvious that people most likely tend to buy these kinds of products.

Regular vs Low Fat or Fat Free

For most food products, fat is used to add flavor and texture. When fat is reduced, then there may be a decrease in the food’s flavor and so, manufacturers tend to add additional ingredients to make for the taste. Usually, the additional ingredients being added to these products are emulsifiers and thickeners. Emulsifiers make the ingredients fuse together while the rest of the additional ingredients are called thickeners. With this, the low fat product ends up being not healthier than the regular ones since the additional ingredients are not healthy as fats.

Next, low fat food products are a few calories lower than the regular ones. What happens is that, food labels fool people into buying them and even overeating them. For an instance, a person is really conscious about losing weight and so, he decreases his intake of regular food products and eats plenty of the ‘low- fat’ product. You know how it is going to end? There will be no significant weight loss and all efforts will be gone like poop flushed in the toilet.

Finally, when labels say ‘FAT FREE’, it does not necessarily mean absolutely zero fat. Products that claim to be fat free are those with most likely 0.05 and below gram of fat per serving. Since, the figure is 0.05 and below, manufacturers round them off to zero and therefore it becomes fat-free. Manufacturers reduce the food product’s serving size in order for them to use the term ‘fat free’ legally. When people see this label, they become inclined to buying the food product and eat more of them guilt free.

Diet Soda vs Soda Zero

The existence of new generation sodas such as Coke Zero and Pepsi Max does not differ much from the regular ones for many people, but based on some ingredients in them, these two popular sodas may put our lives at risk when consumption is too much.

Here are some:

Aspartame: It is one of the artificial sweeteners and is also considered to be one fo the most dangerous additives. This sweetener is being associated with cancer and neuroligical disorders which includes Parkinson’s disease.

Acesulfame Potassium: Another sweetener being used for sodas. Although, few researches exist regarding this substance, it is said to promote cancer.

 

The problem with these two subtstances is that they both exist in Coke Zero and Pepsi Max products. Although Aspartame is present in Diet Coke and Diet Pepsi, the point is that, between these ‘calorie – free’ products and the ‘diet’ ones, there is no significant difference. In short, the ‘calorie-free’ products really do not give much help for a person losing weight and trying to maintain a good figure.

The Truth

Food labels may help us become aware of the products’ contents, but it shouldn’t necessarily be our basis in eating. We should always be aware of certain food products which may contain undesirable substances. If we are not aware about these things, then consumption of food products should be done moderately no matter how tempting the labels are. Also, if you’re planning to lose weight, then MOVE. Do not wait for your fats to evaporate because they wouldn’t. Do not merely depend on the food products that you think will help you lose fat because without exercise, everything will end up useless. Proper diet with exercise is always the best way of losing weight, maintaining weight and becoming physically fit.

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6 thoughts on “NutriFACTS or NutriFAKES?: The Truth behind Food Labels

  1. The authenticity of the product label can be checked by the result we see in ourselves after using any product. Most of the labels are not true. The manufacturers are only doing this to comply with the existing laws about product manufacturing. To see if it’s true..check yourself and not the label. Check the contents and not the cover.

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  2. It is time that we spread awareness about food labels and the actual meaning of them. We should not let manufacturers cheat us and make us eat what is harmful to our health.

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