These days, healthy lifestyle is becoming more popular largely due to campaigns that focus on the rampant products that contains large and unhealthy amount of sugars and trans fats in very popular foods and snacks. These unhealthy foods have contributed to more numbers of overweight children and the continuous rise of death due to diabetes and heart diseases. What’s even more alarming in the medical field is that people who get these types of illness has gotten younger and younger as years passed.
Because of this awareness, people have demanded to know what goes in their food in order to choose better options for their health. On the other hand, some companies have made changes to make their products more palatable to the more health conscious consumers. Unfortunately, some products only change their labels but not the contents. This is when false product labeling is a problem and this is very common problem in food products. Some of the commonly misused product labels on food products are as follows:
- Contains No Trans fat – this does not really mean nothing, but rather it can contain less than 1 percent per serving. So if you are on a no- trans fat diet and has had more than two servings of
a particular “no trans fat” product, you have still, in fact, take a substantial amount of trans fat.
- All Natural – This label has been plastered to any kind of product but technically, “all natural” doesn’t really mean anything since anything that does not contain food coloring and artificial ingredients can be considered all natural. However, they may still contain a large amount of preservative like sodium and/or corn syrup. So all natural does not really mean less calories or healthier.
- Organic – Right now, there is a National Organic Program that sets the standards that products must achieve in order for them to get a right to paste that organic label on their product. But organic does not really mean low calorie, it just means that there is no fertilizers or pesticides involved while growing the product.
- Made with “real fruits” – There is no law that requires companies for include percentage of the ingredients they used so when they say “made with real fruit” it could just be flavoring. So unless you see a real fruit in there, don’t hold your breath that it can be true.
- From “free-range” animal – After documentaries of animals in “farms” were seen to be very cruel, a new brand of animal products from “free-ranging” animals has arrived. But apparently, these products do not really mean they have a huge space to roam around in. They could just be outdoors. This does not really affect its health content at all, but if you are buying it for the principle it stands for, it could really be just all for naught.
Now all these could seem harmless, but to some people who are already suffering diseases that limits what they should be eating, they could be relying on these labels to choose food that can keep them healthy or further deteriorate their health. So proper labeling of food is really important and must be taken seriously by companies who make them. If you have been a victim of false product labeling, do not hesitate to call a lawyer to correct this problem. It is punishable under the law and must be corrected.