Know Thy Label
processed food labels can be deceiving
Although we treat nutrition labels as fact, in the U.S. a nutrition label must be off by more than 20 percent to be in violation of federal law. This means that an item labeled 100 calories can legally contain anywhere between 80 and 120 calories. So when eating packaged foods, consider the label to be giving only rough figures.
The text we read on food packaging and labels can be misleading, as well. For example "no added sugar". It's going to catch your eye and make you think the product is sugar free. In fact, "sugar free" can only appear on products containing less than 0.5 grams of sugars per serving. But "no added sugar" frequently appears on products naturally high in sugars -- and calories.
Claims such as "fat-free" and "0 grams trans fats" can also be misleading. Just as we saw that products labeled "sugar free" can actually contain sugar, the same is true for fats. The only way to be sure of what a product contains is to read the list of ingredients. And remember that the ingredients are listed in order by weight, from most to least.
Statements such as "90% fat free" seem to be designed to deceive. Logically, you would think that out of 100 calories of such a product, only 10 of them would come from fat. But the trick is that the statement is based on weight, not calories. If a "90% fat free" food weighs 100 grams, 10 grams or 90 calories (1 gram of fat equals 9 calories) will come from fat.
Because package labeling can be so misleading, you need to learn to look at the nutrition facts label and list of ingredients to be sure of what you are getting. It's worth a few extra minutes to guard your health, and your waistline.
Have an excellent day.
Steviva Brands, Inc.
Low Glycemic Sugar Free All Natural Poached Dessert Pears
Carbs Per Serving: 6.8 g
Prep Time:<45 minutes
Skill Level: Easy
Pears will be coming into season in the weeks to come. This is a recipe that is relatively low in sugar and makes for a perfect way to finish off dinner.
1 cup water
1 cup good quality merlot
2 cups Steviva Brand Stevia Blend
3 Bosc pears, peeled
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
1. Place all the ingredients in a large saucepan. Cover the pears with a piece of parchment paper or weigh them down with a plate so that they stay immersed in the liquid.
2. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cook until the pears are tender when pierced with a knife, about 20 to 30 minutes. (Pears can be made ahead and stored in their syrup in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Their flavor will intensify.)
3. Remove the pears from the liquid and set aside. Continue to simmer the liquid for about 30 minutes, until it has a syrup-like consistency. Discard the peppercorns, cinnamon stick and cloves. Keep warm.
4. Cut the pears in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds and core with a melon baller or small spoon. Remove any additional core using a small paring knife.
5. Slice the pear halves lengthwise and arrange the slices on plates. Spoon the warm syrup on and around the pears.
Serving Size: 1/2 pear
Total Calories: 294
Calories Per Serving: 49
Total Fat: 2,1g
Saturated Fat: 0.00g
Total Carbohydrates: 75g
Carbohydrates Per Serving: 12.5g
Dietary Fiber: 12.3
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