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    Watch Out When You're Reading Food Labels
    Pamela Peeke, MD, MPH, FACP posted:
    Most of you are diligently reading food labels as you purchase items at the store. Lo and behold new research shows that a product's calorie count may be up to 8% higher than what's listed on the package. The FDA is responsible for policing this but there are just too many products out there to assure accuracy. So watch out for these label mistakes as well:

    1) Numbers don't add up. This is a problem with carbs. Total carbs should be the sum total of fiber and simple sugar. If the total carb is less than that, there's an error.

    2) Salty story. Make sure the exact amount of sodium is printed on the label. Sometimes it just shows up on the ingredients list with no quantity noted.

    3)Do you see the C? If the label says there is 100% Vit C in the product, check the ingredients list to make sure that ascorbic acid was added to the product. That's because when products are cooked and packaged, the heat decreases Vit C levels. The only way to really have 100% is if it's added as ascorbic acid after processing.
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