Monday, April 20, 2009

Can you believe what you read on labels?

Today's edition of the Star Tribune has a feature "Label Fables" which is great topic. Recently my husband has been drinking Cherry 7-Up with antioxidants. I feel strongly that this is misleading information. Sharon Lehrman, a registered dietitian in St. Louis Park, provides a counterpoint.

Although Cherry 7-Up has a minuscule amount of antioxidants, it is also high in potentially damaging ingredients- such as aspartame. Twizzlers claim to have no fat- that's true- but they are high in sugar and artificial colors. Vitamin Water is "expensive sugar water with vitamins".

The healthiest foods are foods without labels- that is , fruits, vegetables, fish and other protein foods. Give it some thought before your look to processed foods for health claims!

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