You read labels at the supermarket looking for healthy
options, but sometimes you're stumped by similar claims.
Should you get the reduced sodium" pasta sauce? Or
the one labeled "low sodium?"
How about Low-fat?" or "light?"
News 8's Martha Koloski has more.
In today's On Your Side.
Consumer Reports ShopSmart has a guide to some labeling
buzzwords that can really trip you up at the grocery
Making smart food choices when you shop can be very
What's really better for you
Whole grain" or "multi-grain?"
How about "low fat" or "light?" "Sugar free" or
"no sugar added?" Consumer Reports ShopSmart Magazine
tells us how to decode sound-alike food labels.
"Scanning labels can be daunting, but there are some
simple things you can do, like looking for products
labeled "low" instead of "reduced." "Low" has a definite
meaning." For example, "low sodium" means a food
can't contain more than 140 milligrams of sodium,
That's much clearer than something labeled "reduced
sodium," which only means it has less sodium than
the original product.
In fact, the reduced sodium version of this chicken
broth still has a hefty 560 milligrams.
The same is true for "light" versus "low fat." "Light"
only means less than the original.
"Low fat" means it must have three grams of fat or
less, per serving.
How about "multi grain" or "whole grain?" "Multiple
grains aren't a bad thing, but they can still be processed,
so whole grains are a better choice." When it says
"no sugar added," that only means sugar wasn't added
in the processing.
It doesn't mean it's not in there.
And what's the skinny on foods that contain hydrogenated
versus partially-hydrogenated oils? Consumer Reports
nutrition experts say: Stay away from both.
Neither is heart healthy.
Rather than hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated
oils, Consumer Reports says look for olive and canola
oils on ingredient lists.
They are better for your heart.
I'm Martha Koloski and that's today's On Your Side.