Do you read the label on food products for nutritional facts?

South Africa
December 29, 2006 2:20am CST
Before you purchase a product do you read the lable? Are a nutrition fanatic or are you just reading it out of general interest. What are you nomally checking for: fat content, protein content, salt content or chemical presevatives?
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@moneymind (10524)
• Philippines
29 Dec 06
yeah i do that after scanning or looking for the expiration date i read the labels or the nutritional facts about the said food products. greetings. : )
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• South Africa
29 Dec 06
Would you buy soemthing that mentions that it contains GMO products?
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@lauriefnp (5113)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I was curious after reading this discussion about what GMO products were, so I did some searching on the Internet. I assume that it's a requirement for food labeling in the U.S., but I'm not sure- I marked some articles to go back and read more thoroughly. I'm going to take a closer look at the labels the next time I'm in the grocery store, because I honestly have never noticed a label with "GM" preceding an ingredient. The research and pros and cons for adding GMO's are vague and sketchy, but I think that I would tend NOT to purchase these products; we already consume far too many artificial ingredients and unhealthy additives in our foods. Why add even more? Up until now, I have mainly looked at the calorie content, fat content (saturated vs. unsaturated), sodium, and fiber. I have to admit that I rarely have paid much attention to the actual list of ingredients.
• South Africa
31 Dec 06
A little secret about food labelling: I dont know about the laws in the USA or Europe, but food manufacturers does not necessarily have to indicate whether they've used GMO raw materials in their product. So you would not see GMO on the label. However, GMO products are being used, especially maize based products.
@krizz420 (4389)
• Canada
31 Dec 06
I never check that kind of stuff only experation dates.
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@Kylalynn (1773)
• South Africa
31 Dec 06
I read the food labels to find out if it contains MSG. There is a lot of controversy about monosodiumglutamate. It is in certains ingredients that are listed, but not shown. So if it as also listed alone, I will not buy the product.
• South Africa
1 Jan 07
Its good that you check for MSG, and yes there is alot of contoversy for and against MSG. Some reports state its negative effects on intolerant people, while other reports show no link between MSG and human health effects. So now they label food, and you as the consumer can decide what you want to do with it...
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
31 Dec 06
Ya I do, first I check for the expiry date and then read the label. I mainly look for the fat content. But frankly, that doesn't affect what I buy. Fat or no fat what I want is definitely in my shopping cart..lol. Fortunately my husband and I don't ahve allergies to any food products, so I don't have to worry.
• South Africa
31 Dec 06
To be honest I dont really care for fat content as well. If its something I like, Ill buy it. So far no label has put me off from buying a product...hehehe.
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
30 Dec 06
I always read the nutritional facts on the food products that I buy or do not buy. It has a great deal to do with my decision whether to buy it or not. I try to stay with the healthier foods so I don't gain weight or suffer from serious illness as I get older. I look at calories, fat content and amount of fiber mainly but look at everything.
• South Africa
30 Dec 06
Good to hear. In a recent survey in South Africa, it became known that the South African public rather look at price that the nutritional content specified on the label. Public awareness campaigns are now being planned, to educate the general punlic about interpreting the labels.
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• United States
31 Dec 06
I normally look at the label to check for the carbs, protein, fiber, & sugar contents. I am hypoglycemic and and not supposed to have many carbs especially sugars. I also check the ingredients for different types of sugar like glucose, etc... If a type of sugar is one of the first 3 ingredients then I really shouldn't eat it. Notice I didn't say that I don't eat it, but that I shouldn't. I do have sweets now and again...ok...a lot more than I should. LOL! ~~Jody~~ *Proud Member of Soldier's Angels* Angel to Jesse & Danny
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• Canada
31 Dec 06
I think it's important to read labels before purchasing foods. Some people are allergic to certain ingredients and are required to read the labels. I am concerned abut my health as I am overweight, so I do read labels.
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@Janono630 (238)
• United States
31 Dec 06
I only do when im eating something for the first time but if its something ive had before then i just eat and dont really care.
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1 Jan 07
Very occasionally i'll check how many calories something contains but only if i think it might have too many. Most of the time i just eat whatever i fancy. I'm not a very healthy person.