Infographic: Food Labeling and What You Should Know

Reading and understanding the basic information in the food label is an important first step to better nutrition and health, and is critical in any weight loss effort.

When people begin to read labels, they are often shocked to discover how much fat, cholesterol, sugar, sodium and calories some of their favorite foods contain.

And, not just that.  The individuals who eat a lot of processed, packaged and prepared food also quickly find out that these types of foods contain a long list of ingredients that they cannot even pronounce, let alone know what they really are.

Nearly every day we learn about a new chemical compound, carcinogen or harmful ingredient that is present in the foods we eat.

Sometimes these chemicals and toxins are "hidden" on the label by another name.  Other times, they are not disclosed at all, as is the case with genetically modified foods (GMs, GMOs).

To uncover the presence of these ingredients, it is necessary to become familiar with the other names for these ingredients that often appear on the label.  It is also necessary to gain some knowledge about the genetically modified crops that are grown in the U.S. as it is estimated that GMO ingredients are found in 80% of the packaged foods sold in the U.S.

This infographic entitled "Food Labeling and What You Should Know" is an excellent starting point for learning how to read food labels, identifying hidden GMOs, types of added fat, sugar and sodium.

The infographic also gives information about GM foods and Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), and the health risks associated with their consumption.

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