Does food labeling have you stumped?
October 04, 2009
Some of the terms used on food labels can create more questions than answers.

"It is pretty serious when you have to walk in to a grocery store with an encyclopedia to understand the food labels," said Tammy Roberts, nutrition and health education specialist, University of Missouri Extension.

But according to Roberts, if a food company makes a nutrient content claim about a food, it must follow the federal regulations for that nutrient claim. Just knowing what is behind the definition of those words makes it easier to understand the labels.

Here are some of the nutrient claims on food products and what they mean:

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