What does a simple Ghirardelli Chocolate wrapper tell you?
Reading reports about food poisoning and rise of various food-related diseases worldwide, I believe many of you out there are becoming more and more conscious about where your food come from.
Do you read the labels of your food more? Even if it's just a quick glance at the country of origin.
The consumer in US are getting more food label-savvy due to the recent Chinese food scare. Here is a link for you to read more about it.
Being Food label-savvy is not that easy as we assumed. Manufacturers love to put codes on their products which are meant for our consumption. Have you ever wondered why there is no standard system for the printing of manufacturing or "Best Before" dates? The worst ones are on canned food. It seems like I require a degree in decoding before I know what they are trying to tell me with those numbers sometimes.
Speaking of which, Eggs are getting their whole new tags too. Never fail to amuse me how each country labels their eggs with so many different signs. County of origin, the farm code and date of produce must be clearly stamped on each egg. These measures result from the Salmonella scare.
Of course we have not discuss about the nutrition labels on certain food products. Reading them puts me off lots of food for a period of time. I know this is important for leading a healthy lifestyle. But for me, breaking down a tasty chocolate cereal bar into Energy, Carbohydrates, Fiber and Iron is very unappetising!
That aside, I have a habit of reading the ingredients listed for baked goods. Too many E numbers, preservatives that come with all sorts of chemical names and unlisted additives are warning signs for me. I will choose products that have the least number of additives or give up buying the food product totally.
What about you? What are the things you read on a Food Label? Are you one of those health conscious individual who understands the nutrition labels? Do share with us your knowledge.