Lest we not forget that food packages and labels aim to market a product! Some labels are regulated and hold value, for others there is no added value, just a higher price tag. None of these particular labels shown necessarily influence the nutritional value of the food in question, but may indicate differences in processing, manufacturing, or growth.
It’s also to good to keep in mind that the values on Nutrition Facts panels, such as calories and macronutrients, can be as much as 20% off. This is to allow for marginal inaccuracies in testing or differences in quality/quantity control. So it’s important to view these numbers as a guide, not as certainty.
While marketing and labeling can certainly be misleading at times, this post isn’t meant to spread fear or start conspiracy theories, just something to be aware of when you do your weekly grocery shopping!
-Katy Hair, RD, LDN, CPT