How to read a food container label

By Caroltoo Latest Reply 2012-02-08 22:40:05 -0600
Started 2012-02-04 15:54:26 -0600

Article contains information on how to accurately interpret what we find on our food labels.

28 replies

jayabee52 2012-02-04 20:58:40 -0600 Report

I have said repeatedly to folks who claim that Naural = safe as the article says ~"The reality is that natural isn't always safe".

I already knew most of that in the article, but I did not know about all the disguises that MSG could hide under. Wow!

Caroltoo 2012-02-04 21:10:14 -0600 Report

True, James, but you could just as easily say the opposite. Non-natural is not safe because it is created out of chemicals in a test tube. OK for some things, but not for food. Natural may not always be safe, but it is sometimes. For those of us allergice to many additives, non-natural is never safe.

The piece about MSG was interesting. I didn't know that either, I thought I could just look for MSG on the label.

jayabee52 2012-02-04 21:19:05 -0600 Report

I am saying that to folks who come on DC claiming that their product is "Natural" and is therefore "safe" I know about allergies but even there there are allergies (and potentially deadly allergies) which are triggered by natural substances (peanuts spring to mind). I am not discounting what you have said, Carol. I hear your concern and share it. I am not a subscriber to "better living by chemistry", as an old advertisement once said.

Caroltoo 2012-02-04 21:24:32 -0600 Report

How true, James! I'm obviously not either. Guess really the bottom line in all this is that we really need to carefully watch everything that we eat.

Actually, I'm glad you clarified that. I've heard you say it many times and heard it as putting down the natural, not necessarily recommending the chemical, but this is a different slant. Thanks.

jayabee52 2012-02-04 21:26:15 -0600 Report

agreed! and somethimes the "natural" product or substance they are promoting is no more natural than something else which is not claiming to be natural (IMO). Sometimes folks really stretch the meaning of "natural" all out of shape.

Caroltoo 2012-02-05 14:31:05 -0600 Report

Oh so true. When I use the word natural, I am usually thinking organic (raised cleanly in a non-chemical environment) but I KNOW that isn't the actual definition.

GabbyPA 2012-02-04 18:12:18 -0600 Report

This is an excellent article. I am so fed up with this stuff. That is why I make a lot of my own things. It is hard even then to avoid your basic ingredients from being filled with junk. I was shocked at the Gerber foods containing corn syrup and sugar. I guess I should not be, but I see why parents want to make their own baby foods.

We are starting our kids on the road to unhealthy lifestyles right in the high chair. It is so sad.

Caroltoo 2012-02-04 18:19:19 -0600 Report

My son is 40 years old last month. I made his baby food for just these reasons. Guess, that also says I'm not new to healthy foods and healthy eating!

jayabee52 2012-02-04 20:34:51 -0600 Report

my oldest is almost 30 and my youngest will be 23 in march. My ex and I mashed up our real food for their baby food as soon as they could handle it, and then we let them chew up a cooked carrot or some peas or some green beans as soon as they had teeth. These were foods which we grew in our own garden most of the time. We very rarely bought baby food.

Old-n-Grey-n-Wiser 2012-02-04 16:23:56 -0600 Report

Yes I agree with all they say I also think the size of the print should be of a size we can read, even with my glasses many nutritional labels are too small to read.

Caroltoo 2012-02-04 16:48:23 -0600 Report

That would be nice, wouldn't it? I can read it with my glasses, but am often found scrounging in my purse to find my readers so I can determine if I want to purchase something. For me, just another reason to head for the outer parts of the store and skip the canned goods.