Four “Healthy” Food Labels That Are Misleading

A recent study found 90% of us are willing to pay more to eat healthy.  But most of the labels on food that make them SEEM healthier are really just marketing nonsense.  Like sometimes the phrase “all natural” doesn’t mean anything at all.  Here are four more food labels to be suspicious of . . .

  1. When it says it’s a “good source” of something, like a “good source of fiber.” It means it has SOME fiber in it, but it might be as little as 10% of what you’re supposed to get in a day.  So it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you.
  1. When a label says the food “may reduce your risk of” something. Like if it says it “may reduce your risk of diabetes,” that MIGHT be true, but they don’t really have to prove it.  So it’s mostly just marketing jargon to make you buy it.
  1. “Fat-free.” It DOES mean it’s fat-free, but it’s looking more and more like low-fat diets aren’t that good for you.  And fat-free foods usually have more sugar and preservatives, which they don’t brag about on the label.
  1. “Whole grain” or “whole wheat” bread. It doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.  It might just be white bread with a little bit of grain sprinkled in . . . meaning it’s still mostly sugar.  So it has to say “100 PERCENT whole grain” on the label.  (Thrillist)