Decoding Nutrition Claims

​Have you ever bought a food because it was “all-natural” or “hormone-free”?  These claims are often used on food labels to draw attention to healthy sounding information while leaving out the item’s unhealthy qualities. While some claims are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), others are not. It can be hard to know which claims to believe and which may be misleading.

The list below shows nutrient content claims that may be helpful when grocery shopping.

Decoding Nutrition Claims


Next time you’re at the grocery store, take notice of all the different claims found on food packages and consider these questions:

  • Is this claim meaningful or misleading?
  • Are you more tempted to buy the foods with claims?
  • Do any of the foods that you commonly buy have claims that may have influenced past purchases?


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