Have you ever looked at nutritional labels and wondered, how accurate are these labels? People are often surprised, the numbers on the labels aren’t as accurate as they imagined.
Food labels are extremely important for people trying to maintain a healthy life style. I use to grocery shop and would always stare at the nutritional labels. Well to my surprise, a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association revealed an interesting fact about nutrition labels. It revealed that the actual caloric content in packaged foods differed around 10 – 15 percent compared to what was on the label.
Who’s responsible for nutritional accuracy?
It’s the responsibility of the food manufacturing to ensure accuracy of the nutritional labels. The FDA generally allows manufactures an margin of error as much as 20 percent. The FDA will occasionally gather random samples and will check their accuracy. Most people just follows the label when dieting and see to have no issue. I wouldn’t worry too much, but I suggest weighing your food on a scale. To gain a better understanding of food labels, checkout this article.
Any point in counting calories?
Although these studies concluded that some food labels are inaccurate, these differences are usually small and can be looked over. Being slightly inaccurate in your numbers when cutting wont make a big difference. If you are cutting and concern about the accuracy, you should always weigh your foods in grams or ounces on a food scale. So yes, their is a point in tracking calories.
We now learned that nutritional labels can vary slightly. The difference is usually small and shouldn’t impact your diet too much. The numbers can be overstated or understated. I would only be careful of the labels you grab from restaurants. These seems more inaccurate and it largely depends on the chef for accuracy.