The importance of reading labels (part 2)

Bárbara Filipe

  • 5
  • Aug
  • 2015

The importance of reading labels (part 2)

  • 5
  • Aug
  • 2015

Last week we learned about the information we can get from paying attention to the labels on the products we buy.

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at package labels and verifying the disguised and unexpected ingredients.

Sugar, for example, many people believe is mainly consumed only through drinks, sweets or chocolates, but in many cases, the products we buy on a day to day basis contain pretty frightening amounts in them.


Let’s read the following labels to find out why:

  • Ketchup (approx. 4 grams per tablespoon.)
  • Pasta sauce (approx. 12 grams per serving.)
  • Salad dressing (approx. 7 grams per serving.)
  • Sliced bread (3-5 grams of sugar per serving)
  • Soft drinks (on average 10 teaspoons in a small can)
  • Red apples (have an average of 20 grams of natural sugar)

In addition to “unexpected” ingredients like sugar, there are also “disguised” ingredients, which basically are ingredients that are not clearly described, like milk for example.

You want me to prove it?
Okay then.

If you read a label that contain the following ingredients: milk beverage, milk compound, milk protein, calcium caseinate, lactoferrin, caramel color, if you are lactose intolerant then you should avoid products with these ingredients.

For this reason you should carefully read the labels of the products you buy even if it means, “spending” more time at the grocery store.

If you have intolerance to certain foods then be even more cautious, so that you can avoid serious health problems.

Share with us the labels that have surprised you the most, so you can also alert others.

See you soon!

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