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For better health, pay attention to food labels: Dr. Nina Radcliff | Lifestyles







Dr. Nina Radcliff

Dr. Nina Radcliff


It’s not always easy to know how nutritious a food is based on the packaging or, the latest health claim buzz.

Clever, even misleading, labels and marketing campaigns can make people think certain products are healthy — even when they’re not. Add to this, food labels can be extremely confusing. And certain marketing phrases added to packaging can mislead people to think foods are healthier than they are.

It’s buyer beware as some so-called “health” foods are in fact, not so healthy.

Labeling and terms such as “no cholesterol,” “no trans-fat,” “no added sugar,” “multigrain,” “all natural” and “organic” are examples of phrases that seem to shout “healthy food” from the labels of our favorite brands and foods. However, unhealthy choices lurk among even the most seemingly healthy foods. Many food manufacturers use the front label to tout a product’s most healthy attributes. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always mean the food is a healthy choice.

Here are some items experts have listed with a reputation for fooling folks. If they make their way into your grocery cart on a regular basis, buyer beware:

Fat-free foods. Before choosing that fat-free option, consider this:

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Health department targets eradication by 2023

20 Jul 2021 — The Philippines’ Department of Health has adopted a new administrative order to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from its food supply by 2023 – becoming the 45th country to do so. 

Specifically, the new policy aims to reduce Filipinos’ trans fatty acids intake to less than 1 percent of their recommended total energy intake. 

“Trans fatty acids have no health benefits,” Luis Raymund Villafuerte, House Deputy Speaker, remarks. “The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that trans fatty acids elimination is considered as one of the simplest public health interventions to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and improve the nutritional quality of diets.”

Click to EnlargeThe US National Academy of Medicine concluded there is no safe level of consumption of trans fatty acids.According to the WHO, noncommunicable diseases kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71 percent of all deaths globally. In the Philippines, these long-duration illnesses account for 68 percent of all deaths.

“Today, the Philippines adopted a best-practice policy to eliminate industrially produced trans fat from its food supply,” says Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of global health initiative Resolve to Save Lives.

“We applaud the

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