The labels on foods - particularly processed, packaged foods - is called Nutrition Facts. It shows the nutrition contents for one serving size. A serving is a relative term, it can be almost anything from 1 teaspoon or an ounce to several tablespoons; it depends on the product.

BASICS: The most important information for you to review are the amounts of saturated/unsaturated fat, carbohydrates, sodium, sugars and protein.

In general, you want foods with low saturated fat, low carbohydrate count, low sodium and a significant amount of protein per serving.

Watch for hidden sugar sources (those words ending in "-ose") even in health/natural food store products. Do not assume that the words "healthy", "100% pure", "natural", "cholesterol free", "fat-free" are valid. It's always "buyer beware!"

Given the plethora of low-fat fad products today and to give them palatability, a lot of food manufacturers add large amounts of sugar or corn syrup (corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn sugar, etc.)

Watch for fats and oils (polyunsaturated fats, trans fats, saturated fats. (Ref.: The Mayo Clinic)

Read labels as if your life depended on it, because it does! Look out for suspicious ingredients such as hydrogenated fats, commercially processed oils, and sugars and strings of chemical words which smack of preservatives, fillers, extenders, anti-muscle junk like that!

GMO LABELING: We desperately need to know which elements in our foods and drinks are genetically modified or genetically engineered. The long term effects both on the environment and on poeople have yet to revealed in full.

The big food producers and grocers DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW. They realize that labeling would kill their monopoly standing in America. Almost every other country requires GMO labelling. When it shows up on your local ballot, take the logical stand against GMO foods. No, labeling will NOT make your food bill more expensive, that's just part of the very well funded hype foisted by Monsanto, DuPont, the whole growers and grocers' cartel.

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