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Mar 4, 2008 05:16 AM

What Modified or Value Added Food Labels Do you Avoid?

Since I got educated a bit, I avoid "FAT FREE" labeled yogurt.

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  1. fat free anything.

    I'm not fond of "nutriceuticals"--sticking alleged nutrients where they don't belong. I dislike OJ with calcium added, for example. Reductionism doesn't work in nutrition.

    "Natural" in and of itself is a red flag. I always look very closely at anything that has that claim on it, like 7-up :)

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    1. re: coney with everything

      I personally gravitate towards anything that's labelled, "Unnatural." Extra points if it's bathed in an eerie green glow and surrounded by fog.

      I've been trying to avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup, and it ain't easy. I expect to read labels on packages of underwear and see it included there.

      1. re: monkeyrotica

        "I've been trying to avoid anything with high fructose corn syrup, and it ain't easy. I expect to read labels on packages of underwear and see it included there."

        I haven't bought any recently, but one should probably read the label carefully when buying edible underwear. I somehow think that nutritional value is the last thing on the manufacturers' minds.

    2. the only labels i pay any attention to are the ingredients & sourcing info. i buy products that are as unadulterated, anti-corporate and american-made as possible (the latter being the most flexible as i'm all for artisanal products from anywhere). all other info on the label is virtually meaningless/advertising; there are either no controlling bodies to verify the claims, or the controlling bodies are corrupt, and the claims are not to be believed.

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      1. re: mark

        I avoid water that has anything added to it, flavors, vitamins whatever..plain water is fine by me!

        1. re: bubbles4me

          reminds me of the new propel water ad i saw on TV. they compare it to vitamin water which contains 120 calories per bottle, making it appear as though propel's 25 calories are a bargain.

          thanks, but i'll continue to take my water calorie-free.

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            I saw that- one of the most bizarre reasons to buy a product. If you really want a flavor/quick burst, just add a shot or so of decent real fruit juice and some salt and presto, it's an energy drink.

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Pretty soon they'll be selling dried aqua crystals
              ...Just add water

              1. re: fruglescot

                Well, Vitamin O is pretty close, and has been around for almost 10 years now.

                "Studies run on vitamin O showed it to be composed largely of salt water as well as a small quantity of germanium, which would provide no benefits not attributable to the placebo effect."


                1. re: RicRios

                  When I'm training hard for a race I tend to have some Propel on my bike, or in my hand. It's a nice change from water. I do it cause I like the Black Cherry, but not because of any added vitamins.

                  1. re: nliedel

                    Oh, I'm not against having it on hand in an emergency/serious training- and I can't imagine my brother, who downs gatorade by the gallon during race season, having fresh fruit juice on hand or caring, haha. (Personally, I go for a red eye before and cafe au lait after races and long runs, myself!) But I just saw Vitamin Water and Propel (and some store knock off brand) on sale for 10 for 10 dollars at the local store- maybe it's just because I'm a cheap college student, but why would most people stock up on it?

        2. I try to get as many whole foods as possible. I don't always succeed, but everyone needs a goal.

          1. I avoid any food product, or beverage labeled:

            Fat Free, Low Fat, Diet, Lite, Light, Sugar Free, vegan, vegetarian, or Skim

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            1. re: swsidejim

              I hate any fat-free or lite dressings, mayo, sour cream, yogurt, cheese. I despise any margarines, only use real butter. Despise artificial sweeteneers.

              1. re: Sean

                I am in 100% agreeement. I also love butter as well.

              2. re: swsidejim

                Good, except that some perfectly good products that are naturally low fat or fat-free put that on the label to capitalize on the marketing.

              3. Any flavored potato chip or nacho. Never had one I thought was even OK.

                Plain chips are wickedly delicious. I don't understand messing with perfection.

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                1. re: Angela Roberta

                  Some flavored chips work for me. Those "crab chips" seasoned with Old Bay for instance. Or a good salt and vinegar chip.

                  But plain old Grandma Utz Kettle chips (cooked in pure lard) are the chip for me.