In this era of advancing technology and advancing demands of people for almost everything including food is on the rise. Due to higher demand, a few low-quality brands of food are also working in the market putting the health of people on a stake. Below it the list of six different food labels, the list contains an expert opinion on the fact if these brands actually deliver what they promise:
4 Common Food Labels, Deciphered
There is an overabundance of food labels in a grocery store, and they probably can’t be encompassed in one sitting. However, these are the most common food labels in the food industry and most commonly used by people. Hence they are presented here with expert’s opinion. Here’s everything you need to know about the nutritious value of these food labels.
1. “Fortified With”
Fortified with means that the food made under this label has additional nutrients like vitamins and minerals are added into this food in addition to the already present nutrients. This label is mostly seen on cereals, yogurt, milk and a few other dairy products. The thing we need to know is that if it is healthier to eat fortified products. According to experts, it does not mean that adding nutrients to the food artificially will increase its nutritional value. Nutritional experts also say that it depends on the person using the product, for example, a person who is watching his waistline might not admire use extra nutrients which will increase calorie intake. So, each individual case matters in it if they want to use the extra nutrients and calories or not.
2. “Enriched In”
Food authorities have confirmed that some of the nutrients are lost during processing of food. So, enriched in add these nutrients again, so the product remains healthy. If we take the example of Pasta, it loses most of the Vitamins B during processing to the company will have to add it back. Enriched food will contain 10% more of nutritious value than the food which is not enriched. However, the food will have to get checked for the whole product before deciding if it is healthier than before or not.
According to food and nutrition expert, we can’t rely on food labels when they say naturally because there is no such thing as completely natural food nowadays. However, Federal Drug and Administration Authority let the food companies use the label to use the “Natural” label on their food if it is free of artificial flavors, color or synthetic ingredients.
GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms, and it is a common belief around the people who want to eat healthy that GMOs are not healthy. The labels representing NON-GMO foods are proven to be without these genetically modified organisms. Most of the people think that GMOs are bad for health. However, it has been confirmed through researches that GMOs are safe to use. It would also be hard to avoid GMOs as we can find it in almost every food we eat like canola oil, squash,, and soy. But if you are one of those people Non-GMO food, this label has to be looked out for.