Reading nutrition labels can be tricky, but is essential if you want to eat healthy and protect your health. Learn what to look for, and how to compare different food choices.

Did you know that the loopholes in FDA requirements for nutrition labeling allow the processed food industry to trick even the savviest consumer? That is, if you’re reading nutrition labels at all.

When it comes to reading nutrition labels on processed foods, studies show that most people either don’t pay attention to them, or don’t have the knowledge necessary to make use of them.

If you or anyone you know is suffering from health issues like: abdominal pain, food allergies, fatigue, candida, diabetes or obesity, reading nutrition labels as part of your clean eating lifestyle can go a long way toward renewed health.

Why “Nutrition Facts” Aren’t That Important

Most people reading nutrition labels have been programmed to think that the “nutrition facts” are the most important part. Especially for weight control.

This is the section that lists calories, fat grams, and the weights of macronutrients, sodium, fiber, and different vitamins and minerals on a product.

The good news is that when you follow clean eating principles, you don’t need to count calories, fat grams, protein grams or carb grams in order to control your weight and be healthy. That should make you pretty happy right there.

In this way, reading nutrition labels becomes less about the ratios and more about the ingredients in the foods you choose.

Health is in the Ingredients!

We’ve always emphasized that processed foods should be avoided because they contribute to numerous health issues and serious vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

The reality is that even when you are doing your best, and taking steps to eat healthier, there are still times when you want to take short-cuts. And with so many health food stores selling prepared and processed foods, there are better choices today.

However, just because a food is labeled organic or “natural,” or is sold in your health food store, does not necessarily mean it is good for you.

Many examples abound of foods that have developed a reputation for being healthy, when in fact they are not. A few examples include some organic, whole grain cereals, energy bars, organic broths, soups, or “natural” salad dressings.

The only way you will know if a food is really healthy is by learning the hidden sources of unhealthy ingredients, and by carefully reading nutrition labelsto look for those ingredients.

Here’s What To Look For When Reading Nutrition Labels:


All of this information can seem overwhelming at first, especially when food manufacturers have so many marketing tricks.

But just like any new skill, take it one step at a time. Reading ingredient lists is a great way to arm yourself with the kind of information that puts your health into your hands and you’ll be a pro before you know it.

When you consume truly wholesome, all-natural foods, and if you do decide to take short cuts every now and then (and who doesn’t?), you’ll know exactly what ingredients contribute to your best health!


•Nutrition Labels Confuse Consumers
•Cassandra Marx. ” Identifying Hidden Sugar in Your Diet”
•Hidden Sources of Processed Free Glutamic Acid (MSG)
•Gabe Mirkin, M.D. “Natural Does Not Mean “Good For You””
•Alan Pell Crawford. From “Vegetarian Times”, September 2004. “What Does Natural Mean? Some Claims on Food Packages May be Misleading”

One Response

  1. I enjoy reading your articles. However, I would like to correct one statement in this article. MSG and maltodextrin are not the same thing. MSG is the sodium salt of an abundant amino acid called glutamic acid. The chemical formula for MSG is C5H8NO4Na. Whereas, maltodextrin is a long chain carbohydrate with a chemical formula of C6nH(10n+2)O(5n+1) where “n” = the number of glucose molecules in the chain. There are valid reasons for avoiding maltodextrin (primary among them is a very high glycemic index) but being another name for MSG is not one of them. The connection between the two molecules may have originated from a maltodextrin processing method that results in small amounts of MSG in the final product. However, the US standard for purity is unobtainable using this method.

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