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Nutrition food labels are a useful tool to help build a healthy diet. Often people don't take the time to read labels or they do not understand what they read.

Ingredients on the food label are listed in descending order from the most to the least by weight. Sugar is often added to foods to add flavor, add to texture or to assist in browning. Sugar as an ingredient may be listed in these forms:

  • Sugar (common table sugar)
  • Brown sugar
  • Fructose (sugar in fruit)
  • Maltose
  • Corn Syrup
  • Molasses
  • Dextrose
  • Sucrose (table sugar)
  • Lactose (sugar in milk)
  • Honey
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Syrups
  • Brown sugar syrups

Salt is added to food items during processing to add flavor and as a preservative. Salt as an ingredient may be listed by these terms:

  • Salt
  • Garlic Salt
  • Onion Salt
  • Seasoned Salt
  • Sodium citrate
  • Trisodium Phosphate
  • Sodium Chloride (table salt)
  • Sodium Propionate
  • Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda)
  • Sodium Nitrite
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

I encourage you to take a closer look at nutrition labels. You may be surprised what you find. For more information on nutrition labels, take a closer look at these websites:

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