Are you thinking of buying that product whose label says it is made from all natural ingredients? Isn’t it tempting to purchase the product that claims it is going to help you lose ten pounds in a week? Whether these products can deliver their promises or not, it is important that you carefully consider the items that you buy.
Food and other product manufacturers are forbidden to make false claims about the products that they put out on the market. This step is to ensure the health and safety of consumers. So before you jump to buy only the items that have healthy spelled out on their labels, here are some of the terms that most companies use in their product labels and what they truly mean.
• All Natural
Products that come with this All-Natural label means that the products that were used in the production of the item are the same as those found in nature. When a product says that it is all natural strawberry flavor, it means that the flavoring used comes from nature and not something that’s synthetic.
Multi-grain from the term itself means that the item was produced using more than one grain. Sometimes, products that say multi-grain include the use of nutritious grains including oats and bran. However, the grains in these products may not be present in their whole grain form, which may not be the most nutritious way to consume the grains. It’s also important to remember that “Multi-Grain” does not always equate to healthy: watch the ingredient list and nutrition label for salt, sugar and trans fats.
• Low Sodium
Sodium is the chemical term for salt, a nutrient usually used for products. The term low sodium does not necessarily mean that the product does not contain as much salt as the others. Remember that the term low sodium is based on the amount of sodium required per serving alongside the percentage of the necessary sodium intake per day. Reduced sodium content means you are getting a little less salt that you normally would per serving. It does not mean that you can eat as much as you want without eating too much sodium for your diet.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency requires the products sold in Canada to show in their labels the product name, ingredients as well as the Nutrition Facts that consumers must know. These tables follow a standardized form, so when consumers compare the products before they buy they would be able to make a direct comparison. The tables help users know which products provide them with the nutritional benefits that they are looking for in their diet.