Today we see many food products carrying nutrient claims.Often,these claims appear prominently in the front of the package.These imply that the food products are better or healthier than the alternatives.
Many consumers are attracted to claims like low sodium,low cholesterol,and high calcium.Such claims tend to describe a specific nutrient as high or low.They do not tell the whole picture.
In order to find out the complete nutrient content of a food you should read the nutritional information panel. This would give you information about the amount of nutrient found per serving or per 100 gram of food.
Some claims may be vague or confusing.A food that claims to be low cholesterol may be high in fat.For example cooking oils which carry the claim low cholesterol contain the same amount of total fat and calories as other oils.
Peanut butter is similarly low in cholesterol but high in fat.However for the nutritional information panel you can see that 75 percent of the calories from peanut butter are from fat making it a high fat food.
Similarly a light or lite serving of potato chips still contains a substantial amount of fat and sodium.We have to remember that food labels are useful as they provide you with information which will enable you to make informed food choices.