Understanding food labels can be overwhelming for most people. Not only do they include unsupported health claims that cause confusion, but the information contained in the nutrition facts, serving sizes, percent daily value, all require calculations in order to be useful as a guide in decision making. This is a daunting task for most people. Even reading the list of ingredients can be confusing for people. Processed foods account for the majority of food consumed in the Standard American Diet, and contained within this food are a multitude of additives and preservatives that people are consuming each day. The names of the ingredients are hard to pronounce and the benefit to one`s overall health and wellness are even harder to identify. As practicing clinicians, patients may ask questions about the specifics of ingredients in their foods like “What is monosodium glutamate and why is it in my food?” “What does it do to me if I eat it?” Clinical Nutritionists must be prepared with the knowledge to answer the questions and tools to educate people about the food they eat.
talk about : dirty dozen, organic vs natural, egg labeling...etc
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Food Labeling- Nutrition Student`s Name Institutional Affiliation Ingredients, Purpose and Function and Clinical Significance Enhance the flavor of your food to increase appetite. It will add relish to your food and make it more palatable. It also stimulate the flow of digestive juices. It is true that most condiments add flavor to food. Flavors found in natural herbs and spices also add flavor to the food. But it is thought that condiments are sweeter. 1 An example is a mayonnaise manufactured by Mayo. Let`s look at the ingredients of mayonnaise: * Mayonnaise ingredients include soybean oil, food starch-modified sugar, whole eggs, vinegar, egg yolks, xanthan gum, natural flavor, phosphoric acid, lemon juice concentrate, sorbic acid and calcium disodium EDTA.1 Purpose and Function of Each Ingredient * Soyb