Food companies want to fool you. Using label lingo and vague health claims, they often make their products appear healthier than they really are. These companies aren't technically lying – that would get them into trouble with the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food labels. But thanks to several gaping FDA loopholes, they can get away with plastering all kinds of misleading info on labels. Here's what to watch out for.
It might sound healthier, but on a food label, "natural" means next to nothing. The FDA hasn't defined this term and doesn't regulate its use, so companies can twist its meaning into whatever they want. For example, some will call a food "natural" if it's made with high-fructose corn syrup, since this lab-created sweetener originally comes from corn. Or they'll use "natural" cane sugar instead of refined white sugar, yet the product will be packed with artificial preservatives and other junk.
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