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Reading nutrition labels?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 15, 2013 at 9:39 PM

In reading "Fat Chance" by Dr. Robert Lustig, he makes a thought provoking statement. "Real food doesn't have or need a nutrition label. The more labels you read the more garbage you're buying."

After thinking about this, I realized that I almost never buy stuff that need labels. Although I agree that sometimes buying stuff requiring one might not always be an option, but I do think he has a point. If you are reading labels to see if it is good or bad, is it really good?

How often do other hackers on here label read, or do you just buy stuff that you know what it is, like broccoli, eggs, etc?

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

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on August 16, 2013
at 02:06 PM

ha! http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-uncured-turkey-hot-dog

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

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on August 16, 2013
at 06:49 AM

I guess he's referring to 'turkey made hot dogs'... I don't believe there's such a breed between dogs and turkeys, but if there is, please clarify. What's their nutrition value? =)

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

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on August 16, 2013
at 06:12 AM

They are both healthy. Its just a question of optimum health. Blueberries have the same GI rating but have many more vitamins and antioxidants. This is kind of where Wolf and Sisson diverge. Wolf is more concerned about avoiding foods that trigger autoimmune responses. Sisson is more concerned with eating organic/high-ORAC produce to prevent oxidative damage and slow aging.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 16, 2013
at 03:34 AM

What are turkey dogs. I have had turkey and dog, but not together. Is that sort of like turducken?

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 16, 2013
at 03:08 AM

Yes, but blueberries and apples are still healthy.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on August 16, 2013
at 02:32 AM

Agreed. I buy food without labels and then pay attention to the information that would have been on a label if there was one.

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

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on August 15, 2013
at 10:23 PM

Eh I do a blend of both. As much as I would love to eat all whole/real foods, I do enjoy my almond milk and a few random things that require checking labels. For the most part it's meat, fat and veggies..but heck, I ain't perfect.

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on August 15, 2013
at 10:05 PM

Good question. I think he is into something with this thinking. I once read labels mainly to know the caloric intake and macro ratios that food can have, that was key to me from a fitness enthusiast fat-avoiding person.

Then I became a vegetarian for 5 years for personal believes and then my focus changed more towards seeking products that did not not contain any animal meat in them. That was so troublesom alone that I almost forgot about calories and macros! Just give me something I can eat, please! hehe.

Then I finally forgot about vegetarianism when I realized that it was not as healthy as I thought and the drawbacks started to weight more for me than my predisposition to stick with my commitement to the cause.

...and that leads to where I'm now, paleo. Being looking so closely at food for many years means that right now the calories and macro thing does not tell me that much, most mainly because I already know what most food have to offer me from a nutritional standpoint. Nowadays I also tend to think that not all calories are created equal so again I pay less attention to the caloric intake of food. Maybe I watch carbs more closely, but in the end, what I pay attention the most now on labels is what antinutriets appear on it. If I see something that I feel it's offender, I tend to not buy it or at least I weight the compromise that I can deal with if I have it, but for me labels right now are the way to tell what bad stuff food carries.

I'd say that they might be also useful to know the origin of food, if it's local or not, where it has been grown and sacrificed, but honestly that usually does not tell a lot most of the times.

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B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

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on August 16, 2013
at 03:17 AM

Stuff with labels I bought today:

  • Sunseed butter
  • olive oil
  • nitrate free turkey dogs
  • Good earth sweet and spicey tea

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on August 16, 2013
at 06:49 AM

I guess he's referring to 'turkey made hot dogs'... I don't believe there's such a breed between dogs and turkeys, but if there is, please clarify. What's their nutrition value? =)

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 16, 2013
at 03:34 AM

What are turkey dogs. I have had turkey and dog, but not together. Is that sort of like turducken?

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

(485)

on August 16, 2013
at 02:06 PM

ha! http://www.applegate.com/products/natural-uncured-turkey-hot-dog

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Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

on August 16, 2013
at 01:38 AM

Good question. With paleo there aren't many labels, but its a really good idea to know the macro/micro nutrient composition of what you're eating. For example blueberries have a much higher ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value than apples. Salmon has 4x the protein of mahi mahi by weight. About the only paleo food that requires label reading is oil. Its always best to get domestic first cold-press oils.

Fa4b934bc224b17784fe0ee36d153dcd

(168)

on August 16, 2013
at 06:12 AM

They are both healthy. Its just a question of optimum health. Blueberries have the same GI rating but have many more vitamins and antioxidants. This is kind of where Wolf and Sisson diverge. Wolf is more concerned about avoiding foods that trigger autoimmune responses. Sisson is more concerned with eating organic/high-ORAC produce to prevent oxidative damage and slow aging.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 16, 2013
at 03:08 AM

Yes, but blueberries and apples are still healthy.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on August 16, 2013
at 02:32 AM

Agreed. I buy food without labels and then pay attention to the information that would have been on a label if there was one.

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on August 16, 2013
at 01:03 AM

I have kids, and they're not paleo (though healthier eaters than most of their peers), so I do read labels. However, I read them for ingredients, and then for grams of sugar. Everything else, I pretty much ignore.

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04a4f204bc2e589fa30fd31b92944549

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on August 15, 2013
at 09:51 PM

Buying mostly whole foods is one of the things I enjoy most about being Paleo. Other wize with all my food allergies that I have, I would be label reading constantly. Even things that are a little more processed like tomato sauce or sausage, I know what brands I like already.

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