Deciphering food labels can be quite tricky and confusing, especially if you have gut issues and are constantly on the lookout for problemsome ingredients.
That’s why we have done the hard work for you. Make sure you save this post to make food shopping a whole lot easier!
Don’t be fooled by magic claims on packaging labels - the nutrition information panel is the best place to look to decide if the product is a good fit for you! Here are some common nutritional claims and what they actually mean:
Watch out for recommended serve sizes - companies will often set unrealistic serving sizes e.g. much smaller than what we’d consume in one sitting. In doing so, this makes people believe the product has fewer calories and better macros e.g. one serve may mean ⅓ of a cookie but who wouldn’t eat the whole cookie in one sitting (we sure would!)?! So eating one whole cookie means you’re actually eating 3 servings.
Ingredients are listed in order from the highest quantity to lowest e.g. the first ingredient of our Banana Peanut Butter bars is peanuts which means they’re primarily made out of peanuts and only contain a little bit of banana oil and salt. Also, keep in mind the more ingredients a product has, the more it is usually processed.
It’s easy to identify the FODMAP content of wholefoods like fruits and vegetables (thanks to Monash University and their app), however processed, packaged and premade (multi-ingredient) foods are harder to decode.
Here at Fodbods, our products are all thoroughly researched, tested and certified FODMAP Friendly, which means 100% stress-free snacking.