The Secret Language Of Food Labels

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If you’re going to bother reading labels – and you should – it helps to understand what you’re reading. Because there are all sorts of ways to conceal things. Here are some things to watch out for…
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Around Zero G

‘0 g’ fat is defined as ‘below 0.5g.’ You’d think it would have to be, say, ‘below 0.1g.’
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Trust Us!

Manufacturers get to provide their own oversight on the accuracy of their Food Labels.
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Squinting At Pie

The ‘serving size’ for cake is 1/12 cake. For pie, it’s 1/8 pie. What a joke!
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Food Allergen Blues

There’s a ‘Big Eight Food Allergens’: milk, fish, wheat, shellfish, peanuts, eggs, soybeans and tree nuts. Any other allergens aren’t governed by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act (FALCPA) labeling requirements.That’s why Mr. Corn Allergen is smiling.
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Sulfites

Sulfites are regarded as ‘incidental ingredients.’ That means they don’t have to be listed on Food Labels.
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Calorie Free-Ish

‘Calorie free’ is defined as ‘less than five calories.’ Let’s hope your waistline agrees that they’re just ‘free.’
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Squinting At Food Labels

When you hit middle-age and your eyesight weakens, the very first thing you’ll no longer be able to read? Food Labels. But you can go 20 years being able to see everything else – but Food Labels – just fine, so you don’t wear glasses. Carry reading glasses when you shop.
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‘Serving Size’?

‘Serving size’ is defined on the basis of ‘persons 4 years of age or older.’ But not this kid.
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Food Allergen Fun Fact

Remember FALCPA’, which handles Food Alllergens? Its labeling requirements don’t apply to restaurants, delis, etc.
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Serving Size Fun Fact

The listed ‘serving size’ for maraschino cherries? One maraschino cherry.
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