How to read nutrition labels for weight loss

Become a label reader to effectively lose weight

Become a label reader to effectively lose weight

We like to think about “Real Food” to be food that’s as natural and as original as it can get in order to make things easier for our customers.

Many of us are too busy to cook everything from scratch so we still shop at the grocery store.

Our families want healthy, nutritious food. What should we purchase? What can we do to find healthy foods within our means? We must first learn how to read labels!

When reading any product’s ingredients list, it is a good rule to keep in mind that the more ingredients the better. A can of tomatoes diced with tomatoes only lists salt and tomatoes as its two main ingredients. That sounds quite real! If you see a can full of more than fifteen ingredients in chicken broth, which is likely to be half the ingredients you don’t know, it’s probably not very “Real”.

What are the ingredients to avoid?

We read labels so that we are aware of what ingredients we should avoid to make it easier to lose weight, and not put on weight. It is easy to do this inadvertently.

We will now explain common terms that are often used on labels to help you identify Red Flag ingredients.

Pastured meats are meat that has been raised from animals who were allowed to roam freely in open fields. The health benefits of pastured meat are greater than those from animals that have been allowed to roam in open pastures.

Organic meats are those that come from animals that have not been given growth hormones or antibiotics.

Grass-fed: Cows who have been fed grass and hay. The cows that have been fed only grass/hay throughout their lives are called Grass Fed/Finished. The cows were first fed grass/hay at the start of their lives, and they then ate a lot (CAFO) of grain/corn. Good farmers grass-feed their cows, then finish the animal with a grain (hopefully organic/non-GMO). This is different from cows who are fed antibiotics and put in feedlots. It is a smart idea to get to know your farmer. Ask about the raising of cows.

The FDA does not have an official definition for natural growth hormones. FDA doesn’t have an official labelling definition. High fructose syrup is technically considered natural due to its vague definitions. You should not depend on “natural” to decide if the food is real or healthy.

Natural meat: The term “Naturally Raised” refers to animals that have not been treated with growth stimulators, antibiotics or other animal by-products.

GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) is a food that has genes from another animal or plant species inserted into its genetic code. GMO food most commonly used include soybeans and corn.

Organically grown food: Produced organically, but not certified. It isn’t always a good thing. Certification for small farms can sometimes be costly and time-consuming.

Before you make a purchase, do your research on the nutritional facts. Be honest. What do you search for? Do you have the ability to understand some, or all of the information?