Unfortunately nutrition isn’t as simple as it should be. Nutrition standards and labels can be confusing and complicated. That’s why I created this post with 9 important nutrition terms that you should know in order to choose the healthiest foods for you and your family.
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Common nutrition label terms & what they mean:
- Natural Flavors– This can be a number of different ingredients, but the general meaning is that it is sourced from plant or animals. This doesn’t mean it is healthy though, because it is likely still processed & created in a lab.
2. Natural– The FDA defines “natural” as the following : “Nothing artificial or synthetic (including all color additives regardless of source) has been included in, or has been added to, a food that would not normally be expected to be in that food.”
3. From Concentrate– This is when an ingredient has the majority of its base removed, like removing water from fruits or vegetables. It doesn’t sound too bad, but it is additional processing added to a product. You’re better off making your own juices and smoothies at home!
4. Artificial Flavors– These are ingredients derived from anything other than plant or animal sources. So these are all artificially created in a lab and are best to be avoided.
5. Organic– Organic products are grown without the use of any pesticides, chemicals, or any other artificial process.
6. Pasteurized– This is the process of heating a product for sterilization and to prolong shelf life. It isn’t really bad for you, but it strips nutrients and adds processing to the product.
7. Homogenized– This is a process that mixes the fat in a product together to prevent separation and create a uniform texture. Examples: milk, cream, yogurt.
8. Enriched– This is when nutrients that were stripped during processing are added back to the product. Common enriched foods are bread, pasta, and cereals.
9. Fortified- This is when nutrients are added to a product. Enriched replaces lost nutrients, fortified just adds nutrients. For example, milk with added vitamin D.
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