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Nutrition Labels Hide Bad Facts Behind Confusing Numbers

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By Curtis

nutrition-labels-are-confusing-at-best-by-iLovebutter.jpgDo you read the nutrition labels when you’re shopping at the supermarket?

All those percentages and metric weights can be pretty confusing.

In many ways, the nutrition labels practically lie to you!

For example, what good does it do to list “low fat” or “low sodium” when the serving size is unrealistically small?

Who do you know that only eats 6 potato chips in one sitting?


Take Nutrition Into Your Own Hands

The only way to really get a grip on what your family is eating is to avoid prepackaged processed foods.

That means you’ll probably want to start buying organic products from trusted sources, growing your own produce, or just making your own homecooked foods.  You don’ t have to do all of those things to eat healthier.  Sometimes baby steps are the best way to go.  By taking even one step in the right direction, you’ll be making a huge difference in your family’s overall health and well-being.

For example, maybe canning, pickling, and making preserves the way your grandmother did is the way you’d like to start. That way, you’ll know exactly what’s in the jar.  Plus, you’ll be able to control the amount of sugar and salt used, and it will be easier to watch your calories.

There won’t be any hidden ingredients that some factory is passing off as a “manufacturing aid,” just so they don’t have to legally list it on the nutrition label.

Did you know that you can make nutrition labels for your own recipes?

This video stresses the importance of reading nutrition labels: