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View Poll Results: What is the First Thing You Check on Nutrition Labels?
Fat 1 5.56%
Cholesterol 0 0%
Sodium 9 50.00%
Carbohydrate 5 27.78%
Sugar 0 0%
Fiber 0 0%
Protein 0 0%
Other (Please specify below) 3 16.67%
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:59 AM   #1
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What is the main thing you check labels for?

If you are like me you check nutrition labels for more than one thing, but what is the one thing you check for the most? For me it is sodium. I take two medicines for high blood pressure, and I have to watch my sodium levels, so that is the thing I look at first.

If two products are similar I will buy the one with the lower sodium level. I love Velveeta cheese now and then (even though it is high in sodium), but I found out that the store brand (Food Lion's tastes just as good) is much lower in sodium, so I buy that instead.

So, what is the first thing you look at?

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Old 03-03-2011, 01:02 AM   #2
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Fat grams first, then sodium.

My lunch tomorrow...basically everything I am eating has 30 grams of fat and 950mg sodium. And no fresh veggies.
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:08 AM   #3
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I look for many things at the same time because of all our health problems:
- Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, bran, etc.)
- Sugar (Dad is diabetic and I am finding sugar is causing some adverse reactions in me)
- MSG, caffeine, sulfates (cause me migraines)
- soy, lactose, casein
- sodium

Yeah, I know that basically only leaves one thing.....water
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:12 AM   #4
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I look for many things at the same time because of all our health problems:
- Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, bran, etc.)
- Sugar (Dad is diabetic and I am finding sugar is causing some adverse reactions in me)
- MSG, caffeine, sulfates (cause me migraines)
- soy, lactose, casein

Yeah, I know that basically only leaves one thing.....water
I know what you mean! If I tried to follow the dietary guidelines for kidney stones, diabetes, and weight loss, I'm left with water! For instance, I am supposed to eat a lot of beans for diabetes, but no beans for kidney stones! I'm not going to drive myself nuts trying to follow all of them, so I basically eat to keep the diabetes in check.
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I look for many things at the same time because of all our health problems:
- Gluten (wheat, barley, rye, bran, etc.)
- Sugar (Dad is diabetic and I am finding sugar is causing some adverse reactions in me)
- MSG, caffeine, sulfates (cause me migraines)
- soy, lactose, casein
- sodium

Yeah, I know that basically only leaves one thing.....water
You are forgetting cardboard!
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:14 AM   #6
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You are forgetting cardboard!
Oh yeah -- fiber!
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Old 03-03-2011, 01:27 AM   #7
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You are forgetting cardboard!
That's the square thin rice cakes I eat now instead of cookies. Eating them puts you off from eating ANYTHING - great diet trick!
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If I'm buying jam I look for pectin. If there is pectin, there has to be more fruit than sugar.

MSG
Soy
Sulfates or is it sulfites?
"Weird chemicals"
sugar in things that I don't think need sugar

And now I will be looking for "BPA free" on stuff in cans.
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Sodium
High Fructose Corn Syrup
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I always check for sodium since DH and I both have high BP. I also check the fat/cholesterol content on some things for DH's high cholesterol. Mine is fine so I don't go real strict on the fats.
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