“Reading” versus “understanding” food labels (and a Quiz!)

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“Reading” versus “understanding” food labels

Have you ever looked at a food label and wondered what all that information actually means? Can your Fifth grader pronounce all the words on the ingredients list? Food labels can provide a wealth of information. Food labels can also be deceiving. Reading and understanding labels are two different things, the language on the front of the packaging vs the language on the back of the packaging are also two very different things. One study found that although 80% of shoppers read the labels, only about half to two-thirds of them could actually make sense of the labels.

Research also shows that although most people mean well and try to make good decisions by reading labels, they’re easily overwhelmed. After all, when you’re tired from a long day at work, and it's 6:00, you still need to get home and cook and everyone’s already hungry… well, it’s easy to overlook the food label and just go with the claims on the front of the package.  

 

Over the next month, we want to challenge you to gain a better understanding of food labels so you can make more educated decisions when it comes to the foods (and portions) you choose.

 

Before we get to this, take this quick nutrition label quiz provided by MOVE VA,gov and see how your general food label knowledge stacks up!




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