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Jakarta Post

What's in it? Mind your nutrition labels

  • Dian Kuswandini

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 1 2009   /  12:36 pm

How many of us know that "fat-free" doesn't mean there's no fat at all? Let's just admit it: Most of us have no clue about it. Perhaps because we hate numbers and don't understand scientific names, we pay less attention to nutrition labels, which can explain what's behind that "fat-free" claim. After all, the label is on the back of the food's packaging, and we're more interested in the fancy and colorful packaging, aren't we? Well, we've all heard the adage "Don't judge a book by its cover", yet that's just what many of us do with food. The more colorful and attractive the packaging, the more you're likely to go for them. But calling yourself a savvy - and health conscious - shopper, you shouldn't let the packaging and those claims fool you. "Don't get tricked by claims like, fat-free or rich in vitamin C," says Purwiyatno H...