Tips to Understanding Food Labels to be Healthy -"This Chick's Life"

  • Vicky Gottschalk, a.k.a. The Chicken Wrangler. You may not know I am Nationally Certified to teach Nutrition, and I taught nutrition for over 20 years.  There are some really astonishing facts about the content of the food we eat, that most Americans are never understand.  


For over 30 years now the government has required standardized food labels in an attempt to provide dietary information for consumers to make better food choices.

But is that what really happened? 

Before you start your New Year’s Diet, begin by understanding
what you are buying to eat.  If the food labels are confusing how can you be
sure you are eating the correct amount calories and keeping the food you cook with at ~30% FAT?

The ground turkey is a good choice for your low-fat diet, right?  The front of the label above clearly states "Lean 7% fat" and the back (below) lists the nutrition as 12% Fat. What is the REAL Fat Percentage?

Just reading the package labels is NOT ENOUGH.  The food company works with marketing to make the labels enticing.  Labels are often white with green or red lettering and bright pictures of fruit and vegetables are often used to confuse the numbers on the label even more.

Clearly this is the better choice to use in your cooking.


Do your research!

Many scientist and oceanographers agree that there is NO Mercury Free fish (seafood) available from our Earth’s waters.  The only Mercury Free option is Farmed Fish and Seafood.

Let’s look at Tuna it is an easy to store and fast to make option for lunch when you want to add low-fat protein to your meal.

Tuna is canned in water and oil.  Most people will agree that the Tuna canned in water is the lower-fat choice. Right?

You would be wrong.  This is an example label on Spring Water packed White Tuna:

Why???  Because Tuna stores fat in cooler waters and its diet changes depending on its migration. 

That means that sometimes Tuna canned in OIL (33% fat) will be the lower fat option depending on the time of year it was packaged!!!



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