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5 Sneaky Supermarket Labeling Tricks

Posted: 02/21/2012 9:03 am

by guest blogger Tyler Graham, coauthor of The Happiness Diet

The Happiness Diet is all about eating the right whole foods for a slimmer, sexier, and happier you. But no matter how one slices it, processed foods have appeal, and people do find them convenient. The problem is that thanks to tricky food marketing, some of the unhealthiest options appear to be the healthiest. Here are five of the most popular labeling tricks to avoid.

 

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These fats are created when liquid vegetable oils are made solid at room temperature. Studies show a strong link between the consumption of trans fats and an increase in bad (LDL) cholesterol, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and depression. As manufacturers scramble to reformulate their foods, they've started putting "trans fat free" claims on their packages, which mean the product contains half a gram of trans fats or less per serving. But under those regulations, something like a standard box of Ritz Crackers still contains 14 grams of trans fat. It's the same with potato chips, cookies, and other baked goods. This loophole is reason enough to forgo processed foods all together.
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Tyler Graham is the coauthor of The Happiness Diet. Previously, he served as the health and environment editor of O, The Oprah Magazine, the nutrition editor at Prevention, and the environment editor at Best Life. He recently launched a men's health section at Details magazine.

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