Do You Read Food Labeling?

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Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by Lon » Thu Jan 12, 2012 2:51 pm

If you don't--------- you should. I never did until despite my normal weight and height 6'4" , 200 lbs and no family history of Diabetes, I was dx'd with Diabete 2 with an A1c of 6.5. For me the culprit is carbs. I was amazed to read the salt, sugar and carbs content in the foods we eat. It's no mystery that there is a big increase in number of people being dx'd with Diabetes.
Most of us take in much more salt than we require and this can contribute to a number of health problems despite it having no bearing on Diabetes. I have managed to get my A1c down to 6 with just drastically reducing my carb intake. I have always been active physically.

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Post by chaz » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:23 pm

Yes - I need low sodium.
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Post by chaz » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:23 pm

Yes - I need low sodium.
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by Sheepdog » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:46 pm

Yes. I have not used any salt in over 25 year. The only salt I may consume would be in prepared food so I do check most labels for sodium. I also want low calorie foods and little to no sugar, so I read labels for that as well.
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by p14175 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:48 pm

I pretty much eat from the produce and meat sections. When I buy butter and cream I always check the labels to make sure nothing is added. It's amazing (and scary) what food manufacturers will put in their products, even foods you consider basic. It's rare for me to buy anything in a can, box, or bottle from the middle aisles.
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by Balance » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:49 pm

I read them all the time if I absolutely have to buy something. But to be honest with you I normally only buy whole foods which obviously have no labels. In my opinion buying whole foods that are organic and sustainably raised are the best way to go if you are really trying to eat healthy.

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Post by Brody » Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:56 pm

As a general rule of thumb, if one needs to read the list of ingredients, the food isn't healthy.
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by ejvyas » Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:15 pm

Yes - low sodium , low fat, low carbs

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Post by brianH » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:20 pm

Brody wrote:As a general rule of thumb, if one needs to read the list of ingredients, the food isn't healthy.
This was basically my response. I *would* read the label, but I try to eat foods that only have 1 ingredient (eggs, vegetables, meat, etc.)

Much like Lon, minimizing carbs in my diet really surprised me with the amount of filler junk added to bag/box/can foods. Many soups, for example, have added wheat gluten and/or corn starch. Many condiments are nothing more than sugar syrup, etc.

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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by Boglenaut » Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:47 pm

I read the labels and it influences my decisions.

I hate that companies are allowed to lie about trans fats. "0 grams trans fat per serving!!" could mean .49999 grams. They should go out at least one more decimal.

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Post by JPH » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:27 pm

Yes, I read them. My wife avoids high fructose corn syrup. I too gravitate to minimally processed foods, but I don't like "organic" foods. The price is higher, the tase and appearance often are inferior, and IMO there is no proven health advantage.
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by Transplant » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:30 pm

Yes, I have since my son was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 9. We had to learn to balance carbs with insulin by syringe. A few years later we decided to use an insulin pump. Blood sugars and carb intake are much easier to manage with the pump. However, it is a daily challenge to get him to read food labels and figure out correct serving sizes for each meal. He is 17 and tired of reading food labels.

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Post by sschullo » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:33 pm

With two cancer survivors in this house, one colon and other with prostate and diabetes, you bet!
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by bluelight » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:50 pm

All the time. My SO and his kids have Celiac and its pretty amazing where you will find wheat/gluten. Also have a family member with dairy/caisen and soy intolerance. Its getting a little easier to find foods that contain the offending ingredients, but manufacturers change ingredients without notice. Best to keep the processed foods to a minimum.

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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by norookie » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:52 pm

:mrgreen: YES, unless its real food :wink:
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by snyder66 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:09 pm

I have no allergies or health issues, but, I rarely buy anything without reading the label. There is so much garbage hidden in our food it is frightening.

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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by Christine_NM » Thu Jan 12, 2012 8:51 pm

For whole foods that are unlabelled, and brandname processed foods as well, this site shows a label and complete info, more than I understand. I read labels, but I use this a lot too.

You don't have to sign in to use the search tool in the upper right. Name a food and a category. Pick if there's more than one result, and voila, more than you ever wanted to know.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by Fallible » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:26 pm

I always read the labels - carefully - and have for many years. I'm in my 60s and have thus far been able to keep my blood pressure and cholesterol down without medication largely because of a low-fat, low-sodium, high-fiber diet. The labels are key to my being able to stay on that diet. Still, food labels need to provide more information and some of it can be misleading. There are many good articles on this and here is one from the Mayo Clinic:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-labels/MY01242
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by daytona084 » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:31 pm

Yes I do, but I agree, the best foods are those that don't need a label. Fresh produce, meats, etc.

If it comes in a box and is in the central portion of the supermarket, (as opposed to the outer perimeter) you definitely need to read the label and you probably won't like what you see.

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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by ObliviousInvestor » Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:37 pm

Having celiac means that yes, if it's a food product, I'll be reading the label. Most things we eat though are just fruits, veggies, beans, and nuts.
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by madbrain » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:04 pm

Yes, generally I look at the very least at the calories.

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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by Sidney » Fri Jan 13, 2012 12:28 am

Yes, although like some, not many labels in the house. In addition to the usual suspects (salt, sugar), we need to make sure there are no stealth nut products as we have a relative who has a severe nut allergy (as in "4-5 minutes to reach the epi pen or you're a goner").
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Re: Do You Read Food Labeling?

Post by Go Blue 99 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:28 am

Constantly. I look for low calories, low sodium, high fiber, and high protein.

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