Misleading food labels

Jeanette Terry
By Jeanette Terry Latest Reply 2013-03-25 17:05:39 -0500
Started 2013-03-19 15:38:09 -0500

I was reading an article on a study done on how "low fat" or "lite" foods are not necessarily better for you. I find that sometimes the low fat options are even worse than the regular version.

Check out the article below and tell us what you think. Do you eat a lot of low fat foods or would you rather just have the real thing?


8 replies

Gulf 2013-03-25 17:05:39 -0500 Report

There is a great app called Fooducate that allows you to scan a bar code and it rates the food on nutrition. If food has low rating it will recommend a better choice.

liquorish 2013-03-23 22:31:32 -0500 Report

I am right here with everyone else. In the PRODUCE isle, I found some "healthy" food bars. Yeah, right. 28 grams of fat? over 400 calories? It was a shock for me years ago to read the label on foods that had the salt left out. They added sugar. And vice-versa. I still eat low fat and lite, but I read all the labels. Takes a ton of time when grocery shopping, but it has to be done. Even yogurt can have more fat and sugar then a regular candy bar. So, read the label. I also found out why pre-cut frozen french fries send my sugar to the roof. They are pre-cooked with lots of fat. And I thought I was being good!!! Liquorish

Nick1962 2013-03-21 11:43:55 -0500 Report

One of the first things we learned in my weight loss class was to read labels. Not just on packaged foods, but fruits, vegetables, and everything so we would know what valuable nutrition was for us. Foods with the words “light” or “low…” on them were quickly discontinued from many of our diets for the reasons many listed so far. We haven’t eaten anything light, low-cal, low fat, or so on since with the exception of a few items because we just prefer the taste.

Several food manufacturers have seen this coming and now provide “normal” products that actually are lower fat, calorie, sodium, and whatnot than the same product that their competitors label as lite or diet. Many of the “Ken’s” brand salad dressings are lower fat, carb and salt than many of the Kraft “Lite” brand (and taste better I think).

Until I was diagnosed, I paid no attention to this. I guess the side effect of diabetes is that it makes you smarter.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-21 11:06:00 -0500 Report

Paint surprise all over my face. This is absolutely nothing new. All it takes is reading the labels.

This is a game called "Dumbfound the Consumers". It has been played for years. Foods low in calories are usually high is salt. Low fat means there isn't a lot of fat but it is high in calories or salt or both.

Last week the FDA shut down a bakery in New Jersey for selling foods labeled as sugar free and fat free. The sugar free foods were made with sugar and there was fat in the fat free foods. None of this was on the labels or listed in the ingredients.

The problem is gullible people. If you are good at selling a product people will fall for it and buy it. People want low calorie, low salt, low fat foods. They want food that can be prepared fast such as in an oven or microwave or they can buy it prepared. If people would buy fresh foods and prepare it themselves, they can reduce half of the medical problems they have.

raccoon mana
raccoon mana 2013-03-20 08:54:13 -0500 Report

i eat the real thing. im sorry, but im
not sure what they use to make something low fat or lite, but i know its not natural.

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-21 11:07:33 -0500 Report

I eat the real thing also. I hate having to cook a complete meal at times, but I wasn't raised on fast foods, frozen foods or a microwave oven. At least I can control the salt content and the fat.

jayabee52 2013-03-19 16:02:59 -0500 Report

OH gee! I am SO SURPRISED! (sarcasm font \off)

In general I'd rather have the "real" thing. Here lately I need the calories from the "good" fats. I do try to avoid the fats that are the ones which are less heatlthy.


Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2013-03-21 11:09:13 -0500 Report

James I painted surprise all over my face. This is not new information. In order to preserve processed foods, it needs the salt and fats to store it for long periods.