How to Read Nutrition Labels

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

After a recent quick trip to the grocery store, I stopped in and grabbed some bread.  Not just any bread butwhole wheat break 100% Whole Wheat Whole Grain Bread! Nice big label and I’ve had this brand before and it tastes great.  Being a bodybuilder myself, I’m health conscious and concerned with the food ingredients I ingest.

Not considering myself 100% organic either or needing to shop at “Whole Paycheck” I still like to get a good deal but without all the nasty nitrates and additives they put into most baked goods.  Still a whole wheat tuna sandwich just hits the stop and is a great muscle building meal.  Toss in a salad and your golden.

Imagine my surprise when I grabbed my favorite bread and was told to READ the NUTRITION LABEL carefully.

I did a double take when I inspected the nutrition label more closely.

While it’s not the best picture, thanks to my crappy 1.2 mega-pixel cell phone camera, I can assure you the #3 ingredient isn’t one you’d want in your bread.

high fructose corn syrup in bread

YUCK?!  High fructose corn syrup in my bread.  After looking at several other selections, there were many other whole wheat breads that did not contain this ingredient.

Just goes to show that even if the big words make it sound healthy, it just might not be.

Refined sweeteners like white sugar (sucrose) and high fructose corn syrup are high in caloric value (“high calorie density” – Tom Venuto

Must Reads:

Understanding Labels and Health Claims

“Many scientists say that there is little data to back up the demonization of high-fructose corn syrup, and that links between the crystalline goop and obesity are based upon misperceptions and unproved theories, or are simply coincidental.”

Maybe it’s not as bad as they say but given I’m trying to make better choices it makes sense to check the nutrition labels every so often just to be sure.

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