Educated Grocery Shopping Continued..."Terms of the Hour"
In our tour of the grocery store we are coming to the finish line! Although I wish I could examine every product out there with you…there are just to many too count! So in that spirit we will be getting the low-down this week on two common terms that pop up throughout the store.
“No Hormones Added” or “No Hormones Administered”
Due to the federal regulations of hormones and/or steroids pigs and hens that lay eggs can not receive hormones. So this label only can appear on meat. If the meat producer can prove that no hormones were used in raising the cattle their product will be allowed to have the label.
“Good Source” or “Excellent Source”
If a particular food has 10-19% of the daily recommended value of a nutrient it can be considered a “good source” ONLY if it crosses the line to 20% it is an EXCELLENT source.
For this term, I often think of Welch’s juice products!. Have you ever counted all the varieties? They are seemingly endless! Each version has a certain amount of vitamin C, sugar, and other nutrients. BUT, any product that has 10-19% of the daily recommended value of a specific nutrient will be labeled as “a good source of calcium” (calcium is used as an example, any nutrient that meets the criteria will be labeled as a “good source”) and if it exceeds the magic number and is 20% OR more it will be labeled as an “excellent source of calcium.”
Look out for these labels and terms! Now that your aware of them I am sure you will see them much more. It is kind of like how when you buy something new, like a white car or a yellow watch- you all of a sudden see them everywhere! It’s not that they just appeared out of thin air, but rather now that it is important in your life, you can notice it in other places and people’s lives as well.
As consumers you have been receiving more and more information to help your educated grocery shopping choices. In an industry that can often be all about confusion, this knowledge serves as a way to add clarity! Next week we will discuss the term “Natural” and what exactly GMO means.