Cracking the Food Label Code

Consider these key terms before you add a packaged food to your shopping cart.

Cracking the Food Label Code

Food labels reveal a variety of information — from the ingredients that make up your food to the serving sizes and nutrients you’re consuming — but what do some of these important terms really mean? Whether you’re trying to eat clean or want to make sure you’re choosing the healthiest foods, learn what’s behind some of the most common labels on today’s packaging.

Watch: Dr. Oz Decodes Food Labels


Added Sugars

According to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the recommended amount of added sugars within a healthy 1,200-1,800-calorie diet should be less than 10 percent of all total calories per day. But how can you determine if you’re having too much? Watch out for new nutrition facts labels that will include a new field under “Total Sugars” called “Added Sugars” and will specify sugars in both grams and percent daily values. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires manufacturers to make these nutrition label changes by July 2018-July 2019.

Watch: Your Guide to Going Sugar-Free

Have you ever gotten to the last little bit of a vegetable or fruit and thought they only thing left to do was toss it? Or maybe you didn't get to one before it looked like it should be thrown out? Well there's no need to create more food waste! Here are two foods you can regrow right at home instead of throwing out.

Leftover Ginger

  1. Fill a bowl or cup with water and place your bit of ginger root inside.
  2. After a few weeks, watch for little sprouts to form.
  3. At this point, transfer the ginger to some potted soil. Give it plenty of space and moisture.
  4. After a few weeks, harvest your new ginger root!

Sprouted Potato

  1. Note where the sprouts (or eyes) are on the potato. Cut it in half so there are sprouts on both halves.
  2. Let the halves dry out overnight on a paper towel.
  3. Plant the dried potato halves in soil, cut side down.
  4. Small potatoes will be ready to harvest in about 10 weeks, while larger potatoes will be ready in about three to four months.

There's no need for food waste here when you know the tips and tricks to use up all your food at home. And click here to see which foods you can keep past the Sell By date!