Food Label Terms (Grains): Multi-Grain, Whole Grain, and Organic

This post discusses the terms whole grain, multi-grain, and organic and explains what it really means when these terms are included on food labels.

     In a previous 4-part series, I discussed a number of tips to help you understand the complexities and misleading information found on food labels (click here for part 1). Unfortunately there is a lot more to understand about food label terminology than what I covered in my previous posts, so today I will cover some additional food label terms that are commonly misunderstood. Today’s terms are multi-grain, whole grain, and organic and I chose to cover them together, because they are related and they can all apply to the same product.

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Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 4

This is the fourth and final part of my series designed to help people understand the information on food labels. Part 4 is all about carbohydrates, but the main focus is on net carb labeling.

     Today I will finish my series on the top 5 tips for deciphering food labels and for those of you who are carbohydrate conscious eaters, this post may be particularly interesting. However, even if you do not watch your carb intake, the information in the final tip can still be very useful for deciphering food labels and learning some general information about carbs as well.

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Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 3

This is part 3 of my series designed to help people understand the information on food labels. Part 3 discusses the meanings of the common food label terms lite, light, reduced, less, and low.

     Before getting to the fourth food label tip, I want to clarify something, just to avoid potential confusion. First, my food label tips are written specifically for labels made in the United States. I know there will be some carry over to other countries, but the information may not be accurate or even apply to labels outside the US. This is especially true for terms, such as the ones discussed in this post, because they are based on definitions made by the US government.

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Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 2

This is part 2 of my series designed to help people understand the information on food labels. Part 2 discusses serving sizes as well as the difference between percentage of fat and percentage of calories from fat.

     I hope you enjoyed Part one of my deciphering food labels series on the ingredients list. Part 2 discusses the issues of serving size and calories from fat, which have important implications for how many calories and how much fat you are actually eating. It is very common for people to underestimate how much fat and how many total calories they eat and these tips will help you have a more accurate idea about how much fat and calories are in the foods you eat. Continue reading “Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 2”

Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 1

This is part 1 of my series designed to help people understand the information on food labels. Part 1 explains how to read the ingredients list and discusses what ingredients you should avoid for optimal health.

     Welcome to the first part of my series designed to help you make sense of the nutritional information on food labels. Food labels are a common source of confusion for many people and sometimes having a good understanding of nutrition will still not be enough to let you make sense of everything. You can have the best intentions of picking up foods to help you reach your health and fitness goals, but still end up buying foods that sabotage your success, because labels are Continue reading “Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 1”