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What Are You Eating? Read the Label Carefully

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Was that wheat bread you were eating today? Are you sure? Did the food label say:

--wheat bread?
--100 percent whole wheat bread?
--made with whole wheat?
--some other worded variation?

If you ate bread labeled “wheat bread,” it was not 100 percent whole wheat bread. Food manufacturers are sneaky with wording. You have to read the label carefully to avoid deception.

How about that low-fat product you ate yesterday? Did you read the “nutrition facts label” to see what was really in the product? Be careful when eating low-fat products for the purpose of losing weight.

Low-fat doesn't necessarily mean low-calorie. Sometimes these products contain other ingredients such as sugars to make them taste better. Carefully check the label to determine the total calories in the food product.

Are you trying to cut down on your sugar intake? If your weight loss has hit a plateau, it could be due to sneaky sugars that seem to be everywhere in the foods we eat and drink. Have you ever looked on the nutrition label to see how many sugars are in fruit juice drinks? There is a reason that those drinks taste so good. You can also find sugars in foods such as salad dressings, ketchup, sauces and gravies. The first ingredients listed are the one’s most prevalent in the product.

When you’re trying to improve your eating habits to manage weight or lose weight, don’t depend on the food title alone. Do some more investigation to make sure you are eating what you think you are eating!

According to the Journal of Consumer Research, dieters are so involved with trying to eat virtuously that they are more likely than non-dieters to choose unhealthy foods that are labeled as healthy. The Journal went on to say that It seems dieters’ focus on food names can work to their disadvantage.

"Keeping your weight-loss goal in mind as you scan the lunch menu at a café, you are careful to avoid pasta selections and instead order from the list of salad options," according to Caglar Irmak from the University of South Carolina, Beth Vallen from Loyola University, and Stefanie Rosen Robinson from the University of South Carolina.

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