Don't be fooled by food labels

Don't be fooled by food labels. (WPEC)

By just looking at a food label it’s very difficult to tell if it’s really good for you.

Take the claim "good source of calcium." Per FDA rules, an item must contain at least 10-percent of the recommended daily intake to make the claim. On yogurt, the label would make sense.

"But it may not make sense when you see it on a cookie. And when you see it on cookie it doesn't necessarily mean that all of a sudden that cookie is healthier for you," said Trisha Calvo, Consumer Reports Health & Food Editor.

Sometimes the health message is in the product's name, such as Simply Lay's Sea Salted potato chips. But dig a little deeper, the sodium content is almost identical to that in their Classic chips.

"There's no difference between sea salt and regular salt nutritionally. You're still going to be getting the sodium from it and it's still a potato chip," said Calvo.

Even if the product does contain real ingredients, the key is how much. Brachs Candy Corn boasts it is "made with real honey…"

"...but take a look at the ingredients list and you'll see that honey is like the last ingredient on the list which means there's very little of it in the product," says Calvo.

Consumer Reports says the only real way to know if a food fits your diet, is to flip the box over to see the ingredients.

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