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Food Fair Station #8- Know the Food label
Transcript of Food Fair Station #8- Know the Food label
Phoebe Martinez, and Juliana Conway http://ycchocolate.com/images/milk_nutrition2.jpg http://dailyfitnessmagz.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Carrots-Nutrition-Facts.png http://salubriousuk.files.wordpress.com/2012/01/002-how-to-read-food-labels.gif http://www2.kelloggs.com/ServeImage.aspx?BID=113424&MD5=2c486f7e43266755773871160bfe16d2 http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ_NbnqpgNpUNxdGabsnVBo7vcm_hknNTg7B70iWF5NYbVH5xou http://www.fda.gov/ucm/groups/fdagov-public/documents/image/ucm342917.jpg http://www.fda.gov/ucm/groups/fdagov-public/documents/image/ucm342917.jpg "Fat Free" http://t0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQAY2fLy1yRimDutIROzDFOdmpT9_hZloW5iE0-AsGbGBSBGl9O When the food label says its "fat free" it means that it contains less than 0.5 grams of fat. "Sugar Free" Contain less than 0.5 grams of sugar Ingredients Works Cited "Food Labels." Better Health Channel. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Food_labels_explained>. Food labels allow consumers to see what is found in that item. The ingredients are listed in descending order of how much is found in the item. For instance the ingredient found in the largest amount is listed first, while the ingredient least present in the item is listed last.
Any items that make up less than five percent of the item are not required to be listed. They may be titled as "composite". "For example, it may say ‘chocolate’ (rather than cocoa, cocoa butter and sugar) in a choc chip icecream. This does not apply to any additive or allergen – these must be listed no matter how small the amount." Tricks of the Trade "4 Common Food Label Deceptions." / Nutrition / Healthy Eating. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Apr. 2013. <http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/4-common-food-label-deceptions.html>. Food labels may indicate that there are several servings in one container of that food item while it is advertised and customary to consume all of that food product at one sitting. "For example, people usually drink a whole bottle of soda in one sitting, but the label may indicate that a bottle is actually 2 or 2 1/2 servings." Manipulation of Serving Sizes The “Zero Trans Fat” Trick The FDA requires food labels to state whether that food item has .5 grams of trans fat in it. In order to be able to label the food product as having "zero trans fat", food manufacturers will lower the serving size. Hiding Detrimental Ingredients Food labels will use common language to rename harmful ingredients. They for instance will disguise MSG with a name like "yeast extract". Describing the Product Often times the way food labels will describe food product are deceiving to the consumers. For example, when food labels describe the product as "light" they may be referring to its texture, not its amount of fat or calories.
The label may also say ‘Baked not fried'. Although this may sound healthier, it may have just as much fat as if it was fried.
The label might claim that the product is "fresh as", implying that it has little to no preservatives. The product may have spent time in a refrigerator or processing and transportation.