Posts Tagged ‘Ingredients’

Nutrition Label Changes

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Missing the Point

I just read an article about the FDA revising what information will be shown on the food labels we see on food packaging.  Here is the link if you’d like to read over it.

My ability to keep an open mind on their perspective is proving quite difficult after reading the article.  I do agree with them that trying to read information seen on a food labels is like trying to read Greek, and they did have positive changes proposed.  But, my first thought was that they are missing the point.

From what I gathered, they are still focusing on calories and the sugar and fat content.  My suggestion would be to focus on ingredients instead.

For example: When you read the food label on the average health bar, you see low calories, sugar and fat.  First glance, it’s a winner!  But then you look a little further down and realize that your “health bar” has 27 ingredients listed, some of them you can’t even decipher.  Is it still a good choice?

This is just my opinion but I think many informed consumers would agree; the ingredients list trumps the calories, sugar and fat numbers listed.

Think of it this way.  Wouldn’t you prefer your sugar to come in the most natural form instead of high fructose corn syrup or aspartame?  When you see the number after sugar on the label, it doesn’t say the source of the sugar.  Yeah, it might only be five grams but the source is a sugar substitute that will wreak havoc on your digestive system.

I’ll give the FDA some credit; they are trying to keep up with a more informed society (we’re slowly getting there).  And regardless of their efforts it is OUR responsibility to make informed choices.  So continue to check the ingredients list!

A Better Kind of Tortilla

tortillaI’ve been on the lookout for a better option to a flour tortilla.  Most often I try and stay gluten free but once in a while it’s nice to have a yummy quesadilla or breakfast burrito.  I’ve also had clients looking for a better option as well.  I’ve tried homemade options and corn shell options. Whether it’s due to time constraints or flavor, nothing seemed to be a good option.

My husband came back from the store the other day with a grin on his face and a great find. http://www.tortillaland.com/tortillas

Of course the first thing I did was turn it over to look at the ingredients list.   I was pleasantly surprised.  Because they aren’t fully cooked, they don’t have preservatives!

INGREDIENTS: Wheat Flour, Water, Canola Oil, Salt, Sugar.

They have a corn option as well as one with flax seed in them.

This option may take an extra three minutes to finish them off on a skillet but I’ll take that over eating an ingredients list that looks like this any day (which is a typical tortilla):

Ingredients:

Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, Modified Wheat Starch, contains 2% or less of: Brown Sugar, Flaxseed, Salt, Leavening (Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminum Sulfate, Corn Starch, Monocalcium Phosphate and/or Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Calcium Sulfate), Vegetable Shortening (Interesterified Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soy and/or Cottonseed Oil, Palm Oil), Wheat Starch, Soy Lecithin, Wheat Fiber, Guar Gum, Preservatives (Calcium Propionate, Sorbic Acid and/or Citric Acid), Dough Conditioners (Fumaric Acid, Sodium Metabisulfite, Distilled Monoglycerides), DATEM, Enzymes, Canola Oil, Triglycerides.

See what I mean?!  Give them a shot and see what you think.