True or False

True or False: Food labels list ingredients in the order of most to least healthful.

False – The ingredients are listed in order of weight, from the heaviest to lightest. The items listed first, second and third usually make up the majority of that particular food item. You can utilize this knowledge to choose items that have more whole foods (look for healthful ingredients near the front of the list) and less sugar or fillers (choose products with additives near the bottom of the list). Some granola bars, for example, list sugar or high fructose corn syrup as the second ingredient, meaning that, by weight, added sugars are prevalent in that particular food!

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