Some labels, like “organic,” “low-fat,” or “sugar-free” have real nutritional value because they are regulated by federal law. Others are just empty and purposely vague. Here are 7 meaningless labels you probably hear all the time.
The number for calories will be getting bigger, and a new category for added sugars will be included on the “Nutrition Facts” labels that appear on most food packages.
Nutritionists Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim cover a lot of ground very accessibly in Why Calories Count: From Science To Politics. They begin with a basic scientific definition of what a calorie really is before exploring the food industry’s influence on nutrition and how politics plays into food safety, including pet food.