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Nutrition Facts Label = "Do Not Eat" Warning Label?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 03, 2010 at 10:39 PM

This just hit me like a ton of bricks:

It struck me that anything required by law to have a Nutrition Facts Label should in fact be avoided according to Paleo principles. It seems like only processed foods are required to have Nutrition Facts labels, and those are precisely the "foods" that we should avoid!

Is a Nutrition Facts Label actually a "Do Not Eat" warning label in disguise? Are there any exceptions?

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on March 04, 2010
at 01:41 AM

Let's change it to perimeter shopping with selective logging added.

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on March 03, 2010
at 11:06 PM

Frozen meats and vegetables? Butter and cream? Just because something comes in a package doesn't make it non-food!

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on March 04, 2010
at 01:36 AM

This is akin to the admonition to shop the periphery of the grocery store (eggs, dairy, meat, produce) and avoid the aisles. But then of course you miss the frozen veggies, canned sardines, etc.

Labels are definitely important. That carton of heavy cream seems harmless, but a look at the label might show not only cream but added thickening agents. Or the package of healthful looking nuts, roasted in cottonseed oil. Ruh-roh.

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on March 04, 2010
at 01:41 AM

Let's change it to perimeter shopping with selective logging added.

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on March 04, 2010
at 12:10 AM

Could be. But frozen fish, packages of raw nuts, bags of spinach and the dried beef I buy at my local grocers are all possible exceptions.

I'd love to get to the place where I reuse all the containers in which I store my food and never have to buy another food item in a container again... But I think that's a long way off.

There's a store in Europe (I've heard) that is package free. You need to bring your own containers from home to keep your food separate. I love that.

Even if you're zero carb you might do fine with picking up all your food in a reusable bucket each week. But you might still buy raw cream or eggs that come in packages with nutritional labels.

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