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Food Label Terms (Grains): Multi-Grain, Whole Grain, and Organic

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on January 13, 2010

     In a previous 4-part series, I discussed a number of tips to help you understand the complexities and misleading information found on food labels (click here for part 1). Unfortunately there is a lot more to understand about food label terminology than what I covered in my previous posts, so today I will cover some additional food label terms that are commonly misunderstood. Today’s terms are multi-grain, whole grain, and organic and I chose to cover them together, because they are related and they can all apply to the same product.

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Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 4

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on November 2, 2009

     Today I will finish my series on the top 5 tips for deciphering food labels and for those of you who are carbohydrate conscious eaters, this post may be particularly interesting. However, even if you do not watch your carb intake, the information in the final tip can still be very useful for deciphering food labels and learning some general information about carbs as well.

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Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 3

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on October 30, 2009

     Before getting to the fourth food label tip, I want to clarify something, just to avoid potential confusion. First, my food label tips are written specifically for labels made in the United States. I know there will be some carry over to other countries, but the information may not be accurate or even apply to labels outside the US. This is especially true for terms, such as the ones discussed in this post, because they are based on definitions made by the US government.

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Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 2

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on October 29, 2009

     I hope you enjoyed Part one of my deciphering food labels series on the ingredients list. Part 2 discusses the issues of serving size and calories from fat, which have important implications for how many calories and how much fat you are actually eating. It is very common for people to underestimate how much fat and how many total calories they eat and these tips will help you have a more accurate idea about how much fat and calories are in the foods you eat. Read the rest of this entry »

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Top 5 Tips for Deciphering Food Labels – Part 1

Posted by Ross Harrison, CSCS, NSCA-CPT on October 27, 2009

     Welcome to the first part of my series designed to help you make sense of the nutritional information on food labels. Food labels are a common source of confusion for many people and sometimes having a good understanding of nutrition will still not be enough to let you make sense of everything. You can have the best intentions of picking up foods to help you reach your health and fitness goals, but still end up buying foods that sabotage your success, because labels are Read the rest of this entry »

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