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Confused at the grocery store

Confused at the Grocery Store?

Do you ever get confused at the grocery store when you are trying to figure out if something is really healthy or not? If so, rest assured that you are not alone. Food companies purposefully use deceptive wording on their packages in hopes that you will be fooled  into buying something that may not really be so healthy. 

Here’s a great example:

Picture of English muffins

Judging by the packaging, with those natural-looking ears of corn  on the front and large type proclaiming that they are MADE WITH REAL CORN, these English muffins look like they are just bursting at the seams with corn-y goodness. If you were avoiding wheat (and didn’t read

labels too closely), you might even think that these are a good wheat-free option. However, when you take a look at the ingredient list, you see that the very first ingredient is unbleached enriched wheat flour, better known as white flour.  In fact, the only trace of corn in these English muffins is toasted corn germ. Never heard of corn germ in food? It’s okay, neither had I, but you can read all about it here. 


Moving on down the list of ingredients are a number of things you might not expect to find in something MADE WITH REAL CORN, like Preservatives and Ethoxylated Mono- and Diglycerides. Or an artificial sweetener,Sucralose. Or Yellow 5. Or soy flour.

This  is just one example of deceptive food packaging. How can you be sure of what you are eating? Always read the ingredient list and the Nutrition Facts Label. This is the part of the label that is verified by a source other than the food manufacturer.

Looking for some help with reading food labels and making the best choices for you and your family? Make an appointment with one of our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists.

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