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Beat the System: Food Labels that Actually Mean Something

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Tonight’s Beat the System is designed to help your health and save you money.

We’re talking about food labels and what they mean – if anything.

Take a look at this list – heart healthy, lowers cholesterol and supports immunity.

For the most part, the FDA has no requirements for those labels. So buying them doesn’t guarantee anything.

Now, let’s look at the labels that do mean something.

-A low calorie food must have fewer than 40 calories per serving.

-A low sodium food can’t have more than 140 milligrams of sodium per serving.

-And, if something says “reduced,” like reduced fat milk, that means it has 25% less fat than the original.

Those are all regulated by the FDA.

This article was inspired by this consumer reports article.

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