Reading Food Labels

This is a revised post of one published on June 25, 2014

Raise your hands if all of the food labels on produce and ingredient lists at the grocery store is becoming more confusing? HAND UP for me! The stories my grandmother told me of going to pick up fresh veggies at the market is not my experience. My frustration builds when I have to rummage through the mounds of produce just trying to know which one is local, organic, and honestly healthy for me!

Having food allergies, forced me to read ingredients and not rely on the label. But, I have a lot of friends who do, so lets try to break it down, by playing a game! Match each of the logos with their correct description below. Let’s play!

1) Product abides by Kosher practices, but does not guarantee that the food is safe for those with dairy allergies

2) Less than 20 parts per million of gluten

3) Ensures humane wages and working conditions for the workers who pick fruits and vegetables on participating farms

4) To have this label, companies must buy from certified farms and organizations, pay Fair Trade prices and premiums and submit to a rigorous supply chain audits. This process entails a high level of transparency and traceability in their global supply chains

5)  Consumers in North America should have access to clearly-labeled non-GMO food and products, now and in the future.

6) Buying products with this seal, you support environmental, social and economic sustainability

7) This label represents a nonprofit organization that advances organic agriculture for a healthy world through organic certification, education, advocacy, and promotion

8) Products that have this label do not contain animal products or byproducts and that have not been tested on animals

9) Whole Foods Market introduced this to seal to guarantees that the product is from well managed fisheries and caught in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Now, your brain might hurt even more than before you played this game, so I will still say that the best label is the ingredients label. Read it! If you don’t know an ingredient, then you probably shouldn’t be eating it.

The food world is a mix of people trying to give you great quality products and really good marketers. Do some more research on the label that you feel fits you and your family, but the person you can trust the most is you!

quiz answers:

1)A 2)I 3)H 4)F 5)B 6)G 7)D 8)C 9) E

For more information on each of these labels, visit their websites.



Vegan Certified


Certified Sustainable Seafood

Fair Trade Certified 

Rain Forest Alliance

Fair Food

Certified Gluten Free


By | 2017-08-12T10:08:03+00:00 June 20th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Food Education|Tags: , |0 Comments

About the Author:

A native Texan who, after being diagnosed with food allergies and Celiac Disease in her mid-twenties, wanted to help others who drastically had to change their diets later in life. She now lives in Los Angeles with her husband, where she operates Mary Lee Kitchen.

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