The FDA regulates a few label claims, but sometimes companies use misleading claims that have the wording changed to get around the regulations. The “real fruit” might be just fruit concentrate and the “strawberry” in your fruit yogurt is only in the form of artificial flavoring. Take a look at what some food label claims actually mean…
Natural means that nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food. Beware, the product could still be high in sodium, fats, and sugars.
2. Made with Whole Wheat
Made with Whole Wheat doesn’t mean that the food contains no refined grain products. It actually only has to include a tiny amount of whole wheat to legally use the label.
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3. Free-Range or Cage-Free
Free-range or cage-free farms means that the animals are supposed to be allowed outdoor access, although the animals can be temporarily confined. Often times, free-range and cage-free means the same thing: The animals are free to go wherever they want – inside the animal house.
4. More, Fortified, Enriched
This label can be placed on products that contain 10% or more of the RDA daily average of the nutrients per serving or more than the similar product average.
5. Zero Trans Fats
A product may contain up to 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving, so if more than one serving is consumed, those partial grams of trans fat can add up.
6. High or Rich In
High or Rich In labels can be placed on a product when it contains 20% of the RDA of the nutrient per serving.
7. Made with Organic Ingredients
This label doesn’t mean the product is completely organic. Only 70% of the ingredients in the food must be grown organically.
These claims may confuse even the smartest of consumers. Be sure to read the ingredient list for further information on the product.