- The number of products which has nutrition and health labels printed on the packaging has increased significantly in the last 10 years. It's easy to get lost and to know what they really mean.
Here is a cheat sheet and nutrition label guide
Grass-fed A good label to look out for on meat and diary. It means that the animal ate grass instead of grain, which means it was less likely to get sick and get antibiotics as a treatment. Also, meat and milk from grass-fed animals is lower in saturated fat and richer in healthy omega-3 and Vitamin D.
Sugar-free This label means that the product has less than a gram of sugar per serving. Depending on the number of servings in a package, this still doesn't mean that the product is free from a large amount of sugar. Also, check to make sure that the sugar hasn't been replaced with artificial sweeteners. Also, for everyone who is not following a keto/lchf lifestyle, sugar free doesn't mean calorie free so you need to check out the calories on the packaging and monitor your portion control.
No Antibiotics Added This means that the animal has not been fed any antibiotics, which some public health officials warn that doing so breeds antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can infect people.
Hormone-free There is no use of hormone in pork or poultry per the USDA rules. However, the USDA and the FDA allows hormone use in beef.
All Natural This label is the most common and miss-used. Look out for this label, since it doesn't mean that the product is healthy. It can still contain unhealthy amounts of sugar, salt, carbs and fat.
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