Nutrition – Clearing the Confusion of Food Labels
During a trip to the grocery store you’ll find all kinds of claims and seals on food packaging, but experts warn the labels don’t always mean what you think. Consumer Reports analyzed many of the claims made on today’s food to clear the confusion.
“We wanted to make sure of it for consumers and help them understand which are the claims that I can trust,” says Charlotte Vallaeys, senior policy analyst, Consumer Reports.
For products labeled Non-GMO, Vallaeys says look for a Non-GMO product verified seal, which has great verification requirements, like sending food to a lab to make sure it’s Non-GMO.
For organic food shoppers, Consumer Reports gives the USDA Organic Seal an excellent rating.
Unlike packaging that says “Natural” or “All Natural,” which they rated as poor because it means different things for different foods and is not regulated by a government agency.
When it comes to claims of “No Antibiotics,” Vallaeys says look for “No Antibiotics Ever” and then a seal to accompany it, such as USDA processed verified or USDA organic.
For those concerned about how animals are raised, check for seals like American Grassfed, Certified Humane and Animal Welfare Approved.
Check out my complete report on CBS News below.