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Nutrition Labels: 3 Things To Avoid

Here are three things to avoid when reading nutrition labels.

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-You don't have to be a nutritionist to figure out the best foods to buy for your family. With a little know-how, you can find the healthiest buys and steer clear of junk at the supermarket. First off, look for the word sugar on the label. So-called healthy foods contain much more sugar than you might think. Take yogurt for example. Dieticians say you should be shooting for a product that has less than 10 grams of sugar in one serving and many of them have much more plus lots of artificial sweeteners and colorings. Double check the label before you buy. Or those oatmeal packets that seem to be a good choice. Well, many of them have actually more than 9 grams of sugar in a single small serving. Instead, make your own unsweetened oats and dress them up with slight bananas, brown sugar, blueberries, or pure maple syrup. And when buying breakfast cereals, look for whole grains listed as the first ingredient on the box. Finally, an easy rule of thumb, if you can't pronounce what's on the label, you probably don't wanna eat it. Look for labels that list the fewest and most recognizable ingredients and you'll be on your way to better eating.