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Food labels can be Tricky


What You Need to Know About Sugar

Eating too much sugar is bad for all of us. Period.  Many times you may not recognize it by name: Even though the label may not say sugar, specifically, you need to know that the following are some “disguised” names for sugar:

Sucrose, Maltose, Dextrose, Fructose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Galatose, Cane Juice, Buttered Syrup, Fruit Juice, Turbinado, Ethyl Maltol, Fruit Juice Crystals, Diatese


How to Read a Food Label

People look at food labels for different reasons but the bottom line is they are making informed choices. Understanding nutrition labels makes it easier for you to make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy diet for your family.


The Nutrition Facts Label - An Overview:  (Source: The FDA)

The information in the main or top section (see #1-4 and #6 on the sample nutrition label below), can vary with each food product; it contains product-specific information (serving size, calories, and nutrient information). The bottom part (see #5 on the sample label below) contains a footnote with Daily Values (DVs) for 2,000 and 2,500 calorie diets. This footnote provides recommended dietary information for important nutrients, including fats, sodium and fiber. The footnote is found only on larger packages and does not change from product to product.




In the following Nutrition Facts label we have colored certain sections to help you focus on those areas that will be explained in detail. You will not see these colors on the food labels on products you purchase.