The Huffington Post – by Sarah Klein

Monday, February 6, 2012

Consumers today are more health conscious than ever. Nutrition trends for 2012 stress healthier, sustainable, whole and organic foods. The “slow food” movement emphasizing “good, clean and fair” food has become a way of life for many. Beyond these hot topics, mindful individuals want to make healthy, nutritious choices. Understanding nutrition claims and market tricks will allow the average shopper to make quick, healthy choices without spending hours comparing labels.

Certain claims on packaged items are regulated by the FDA. A product with the following statements must abide by several restrictions:

  • Fat Free: Less than half a gram of fat per serving
  • Low Calorie: No more than 40 calories per serving
  • Sugar Free: Less than half a gram of sugar per serving…

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