Have you ever seen claims made on food packages and unsure what they mean? It is important to understand these to ensure that you don’t fall into the trap of clever marketing that may not be so beneficial to your health.
The ingredient list is in order of most to least by weight. According to the Baker Institute, if it is a source of fat, sugar or salt listed in the first 3 ingredients, there may be a better choice available.
Below are some common words used in the ingredient list that mean the same thing as these 3 ingredients:
Fat – Cocoa Butter, margarine, milk solids, full cream milk powder, shortening, vegetable, palm or coconut oil, cream, butter or beef tallow.
Sugar – Barley or rice malt, rice syrup, cane or brown sugar, glucose, golden, corn or rice syrup, concentrated fruit juice, dextrose, fructose, maltose, maltodextrin, sucrose or blackstrap molasses.
Salt – Sodium bicarbonate, MSG, rock salt, sodium, glutamate, mineral salts, celery/garlic salt or baking powder.
It is important to note that many claims made on food packages can be very misleading and with the knowledge of knowing what may be misleading vs. what may assist you choosing the healthier option is vital when shopping.
Would you find the below Health Claims misleading? Let’s have a look to see how they stack up.