When you are standing in the, hungry and tired, it´s not always easy to remember what exactly healthy food is.
I don´t know all the label codes and names for ingredients and standing in the supermarket certainly isn´t the right time to find out either. But there is one thing I always check. What is the first ingredient in the ingredients list?
Because whatever comes first is what the product contain the most of.
Better Health provides you with a good list on what to look for when buying food.
From BBC Food:
Labelling legislation is woolly, and the National Consumer Council is pressing for clearer, enforceable food labelling right across Europe. Recent reviews of research carried out on behalf of the Food Standards Agency confirm that consumers are often confused by health claims on food labels.
We shouldn´t trust that the low fat means low calories, if you are not sure, stay away from the product. Have an apple as a dessert, might be a bit boring but way better.
In Sweden they have food with a little key hole on, Nyckelmärkt, that indicates if the food is healthy or not. Great Britain has started something similar and use color codes.
When in the supermarket, take care to check what it is you are buying. It could be less healthy than you think it is.