Yellow Labels Should Stand as Warning, Not Healthy Indicator
Consumers who prefer whole-grain products may be shocked to hear that whole-grain labels may not be accurate. A Harvard study concluded that the yellow stamps located on food products such as cereals and breads tend to contain more sugar and calories than products that do not display this label.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises consumers to check the label when deciding on whole-grain brands. If whole grain is not the first ingredient listed, it's likely that the product is not actually a healthful whole-grain food option, added the source.
Inaccurate Label Printing May Deter Diets Based on Calorie Counting
Just because whole grains, whole oats and whole wheat are recommended grain substitutes doesn't mean the products' label printing is accurate. In fact, a cereal labeled as whole grain only needs to contain 51 percent of whole-grain ingredients, reported NewsMax Health. Instead, these "whole-grain" foods are typically filled with added sugar and calories.
Celebrity TV physician Dr. Oz recommends that consumers only eat products with labels that display 100 percent whole grain, said the source. Reading labels carefully and taking the time to scan the ingredients allows consumers find the right whole grains to help them maintain their healthy lifestyle.