Sunday, October 30, 2011

Sugar Pet Peeves

Does this scenario sound familiar? Your in the canned fruit, yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, jam or treat aisle and you are flooded with label claims. Standing and reading the labels can be a daunting task, especially if you have your kids in tow. You desire to lower the amount of sugar that is in your child's food but may get overwhelmed with all of the confusing labels so you might get frustrated and give up and grab the most popular brand that you recognize.

Food labels were designed to communicate to consumers what ingredients were in a food. Unfortunately food labels are not always the most consumer friendly. Food labels are defined by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and approval for certain terms have to be done through the FDA. False claims can carry heavy fines. Here are some of the claims you may see on processed foods concerning sugar.
If you want a food to start off with to try your label reading skills check out applesauce. This particular section was frustrating for me. I was unable to find an applesauce that was just apples and water. On my quest to find "just apples and water" I was only successful at Whole Foods. They were the only place that had pure applesauce that was not full of high fructose corn syrup, added juice or sugar. 

Are there any other foods that you thought were super healthy until you read the label?

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