5 Food labels and Their Actual Meanings

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Are you habitual of reading labels on food packets and choose the best according to those? It’s a good idea and better criteria to select the food items. We can help you to read these labels correctly.

No Added Sugar:

This label indicates that a product has no sugar added to it. Yes, it is absolutely absent.These products may seem ok for diabetics but only a diabetes specialist can help you identify correct amount of sweetener right for you. You can find and consult with the best endocrinologist in Karachi and other main cities via Marham.pk. But do you know what is added in place of sugar? Artificial sweeteners. You can identify it by names sucralose, saccharin, cyclamate, aspartame and acesulphame.

Reduced Fat:

Products labeled with reduced fat are those that have at least 25% less fat than the regular product. It does not mean that it is absolutely fat-free. The reduced fat version still has 47g of fat per 100g. So if you are trying to take less fat to fight against obesity, diabetes or heart problem its better to eat fresh foods.

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If you are feeling some discomfort in the chest it might be due to a heart problem, you can consult the best cardiologist in Karachi and other main cities of Pakistan via Marham.pk.

Serving Size:

On food pack, as you mostly see the number of servings. You think it is correct? There is no criterion around what serving sizes should be, it is up to the food manufacturer to determine. It may be smaller than your nutritional requirements.

Also Read: 4 Foods to Avoid While Trying to Lose Weight

Real Fruit:

We are all encouraged to eat fresh fruit so this label is popular on many products especially the juices and jams.

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But in the majority of cases, the fruit is actually fruit concentrate or fruit paste which is made up of the natural sugars in fruit and is used in products as a natural sweetener. It is not same as the fresh fruit.

Glycemic Index:

The GI index ranks carbohydrates according to how quickly they convert to blood sugar. Low GI foods break down slowly, making people feel fuller for longer. The GI index is helping in comparison of similar products, like, bread or rice to choose one that has a lower GI. But it does not help always as medium GI food is not necessarily a better choice than a high GI piece of fruit as the fruit will have other nutritional benefits.

Companies are interested in their own benefits, do not trust their inscriptions as such, be informed to understand them correctly.

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Tayyaba Waris
She is a student of Ph.D. molecular biology at Comsats University, Islamabad. She is working on the causes and treatment of male infertility. She has also worked on liver disease and its herbal treatments and has recently got her paper published in the National journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals. At Marham, she writes about hot medical issues and general health problems.