DECODING A FOOD LABEL

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NO ANTIBIOTICS

What Does It Mean ?

Besides receiving antibiotics when they are ill, farm animals are given non-therapeutic antibiotics (NTAs) to make them grow faster and bigger. Antibiotic-free meat, milk and eggs come from animals that have not been given unnecessary NTAs.

What’s The Catch ?

Animals that are constantly given antibiotics will develop a resistance to them. Antibiotics use also allows farmers to keep animals in cruel conditions that would otherwise make them sick. Organic farmers avoid antibiotics, but they are allowed to use them when it is essential and the animal would suffer without treatment.

IS IT HEALTHY ?

Studies suggest a link between excessive antibiotics use in animals and antibiotics resistance in humans, however there is no evidence to prove this.

NO HORMONES

WHAT DOES IT MEAN ?

Bovine growth hormone (called BST) is used in the productions of beef and dairy products so that animals gain weight faster or produce more milk than they naturally would.

WHAT IS THE CATCH ?

A type of growth hormone called rBST has been banned in many countries around the world, as it harms the animals. Milk products without it are usually labelled ‘rBST free’.

IS IT HEALTHY ?

It is claimed that eating foods containing these hormones can lead to certain cancers, but there is no concrete evidence of this. Go for hormone-free if you are cautious of your health, or want to prevent animals suffering.

NON-GMO

WHAT DOES IT MEAN ?

GMO stands for ‘genetically modified organism’, which means that the product has been produced with genetics engineering. Many plant products you eat are GMOs- scientists can modify crops to be resistant to certain diseases or take on certain characteristics. Seedless grapes ? Their reproductive cells have been removed at a genetic level to prevent them growing seeds.

WHAT’S THE CATCH ?

As technology moves forward , GMO research is beginning to branch out into livestock. There are moral and ethical questions over ‘unnaturally’ modifying animals. On the other hand, if meat can be produced without the need for live animals at all, it’s a massive win.

IS IT HEALTHY ?

Many people are suspicious of GMOs, but there is presently no evidence that they are not safe for us to eat. In fact, with enough research, these practices could go a long way towards alleviating world hunger and creating more nutrient-dense food for all.

LIGHT/LITE

WHAT DOES IT MEAN ?

Less than 50% of a food item’s kilojoules com from fat

WHAT’S THE CATCH ?

Removing so much fat means removing much of the flavour. Manufacturers simply up the sugar content to make up for this.

IS IT HEALTHY ?

These options are great for weight control, and a healthy weight is linked with a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes. Enjoy in moderation if you are looking to shed some weight.

HEART HEALTHY

WHAT DOES IT MEAN ?

Heart-healthy foods are low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium; and contains zero trans fats.

WHAT’S THE CATCH ?

These foods are not necessarily the healthiest for your heart-they are just the healthiest packaged options.

IS IT HEALTHY ?

The best options for your heart are foods high in soluble fibre, such as legumes, oats, and fruits and veggies, even though many of these don’t have a heart-healthy label(especially if they are in the produce aisle). If you do suffer from heart diseases, always check pre-packaged goods for the Heart & Stroke Foundation logo.

ORGANIC

WHAT DOES IT MEAN ?

Processed foods must contain at least 95% organic ingredients in order to be labelled ‘organic’. Organic plants and animal products are grown using environmentally friendly methods. no chemical pesticides or fertilisers are used, and animals are not given antibiotics unless essential.

WHAT’S THE CATCH ?

‘Organic’ on the label does not necessarily mean the product is better for your health. It is better for the environment, but not nutritionally superior.

IS IT HEALTHY ?

if you’re worried about your health, eating organic won’t help or hinder you. But, if you can afford these products, buy them to help make a positive impact on the environment

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