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Read All About It: Nutrition Labels

Posted Mar 20 2013 8:00am
Losing weight without effort sounds like another 2 a.m. infomercial. But there is some truth to it. Spanish research recently showed that people who read food labels while they shop weigh 9 pounds less than those who don’t scroll the nutritional information. Certainly, this is another way to boost your overall health without sore muscles, but screening food labels can easily turn into a headache. “While many nutrition labels are determined and monitored by the FDA, some are not and are up to the manufacturer’s discretion for marketing purposes,” says Lisa R. Young, PhD, RD, author of Portion Teller Plan: The No-Diet Reality Guide to Eating, Cheating, and Losing Weight Permanently. “People often misunderstand the labels, especially because they can create health halos where you will eat more because you think it’s healthy.” I confess that sometimes I’ve been caught up in healthy claims, such as 100% natural, light, reduce fat, and so many others tags that we associate with eating clean. Unfortunately, many of these claims, when not properly understood, can be packed with the same or even more of the ingredients we try to avoid, such as high calories per serving, saturated and/or trans fat, sugar, sodium, and some [...]
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