Label Logic: Maltodextrin

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You may have seen maltodextrin pop up on nutrition labels for products such as pudding cups, soda, salad dressing, or candy. This is no surprise, as maltodextrin is considered a polysaccharide derived from starch.

Label Logic: What is Gluten Free?

Gluten Free

With the recent spike in awareness surrounding celiac disease and health benefits, wheat-free has become the latest health trend to influence traditional wheat-based products on the grocery store shelves.

Label Logic: Calories, Fat, and Serving Size

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The most common thing consumers look for when they pick up a product and look at the nutrition label is the calories and total fat, both of which are typically bold on the nutrition label. So you may very quickly see 110 calories and 2 grams of fat and think, “Oh, this is a great snack!” What most consumers forget to look at after the calories and fat is the serving size.

Label Logic: What is NON GMO

NON-GMO

GMOs are essentially created when plants or animals are modified through gene-splicing technology associated with biochemistry (also called genetic engineering). DNA from different organisms is merged to form a new, often unstable organism that would normally not occur in nature or through crossbreeding.

Label Logic: Cellulose Gum

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Cellulose gum is generally used in food as a thickening, emulsifying, and stabilizing agent. Due to its high viscosity, or thickness, cellulose gum is also found in products like toothpaste, laundry detergent (it works as a suspension liquid to remove stains from natural fabrics), water-based paints, diet pills, and laxatives. It can also be found as a lubricating element in eye drops (artificial tears).


Label Logic: Turbinado

Turbinado

With the growing awareness of the dangers of trans fats, many food manufacturers are removing them from their products and replacing them with different fats in order to maintain the same taste and texture of their tried and true product. Many food manufacturers are switching to palm oil and palm kernel oil, both of which are extracted from the seeds and the pulp of the fruit of the palm oil, a plant native to Africa, and also widely used in parts of Asia.

Label Logic: Palm Kernel Oil

Palm Kernel Oil

With the growing awareness of the dangers of trans fats, many food manufacturers are removing them from their products and replacing them with different fats in order to maintain the same taste and texture of their tried and true product. Many food manufacturers are switching to palm oil and palm kernel oil, both of which are extracted from the seeds and the pulp of the fruit of the palm oil, a plant native to Africa, and also widely used in parts of Asia.

Label Logic: What are Parabens?

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Label Logic by Joann DiFabio-Klinkner is all about awareness of what is in the food you eat. How does this tie in to the Identity mission? Joann educates us in everyday language on ingredients so we can easily remember what is harmful to our bodies and what is okay for our bodies. What we eat can, in the short term, affect our mood and our energy, and in the longer term, have a major affect on our health. That’s why it’s an important part of helping you to Feel Beautiful Everyday!™

Label Logic: Sodium Nitrite

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Label Logic by Joann DiFabio-Klinkner is all about awareness of what is in the food you eat. How does this tie in to the Identity mission? Joann educates us in everyday language on ingredients so we can easily remember what is harmful to our bodies and what is okay for our bodies. What we eat can, in the short term, affect our mood and our energy, and in the longer term, have a major affect on our health. That’s why it’s an important part of helping you to Feel Beautiful Everyday!™

Label Logic: Dimethicone

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This one may not be hard to pronounce, but what exactly is enriched flour? You’ll see it on just about every cereal, cracker, and cookie box in the grocery store. But why not just say flour? What makes this flour so enriched as opposed to regular flour? The answers require a little history lesson.