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Consumer alert

Food labels often don’t tell whole story on nutrition

Q. Our family buys ground turkey rather than ground beef. Still, if you read the label, the fat content of ground turkey is not necessarily conducive to good health. Here is one case in point from our freezer: “lean Ground Turkey,” advertised as “93% Lean, 7% Fat.”

Turn the package over and read the label and you get a different story. The nutrition facts say that in a 4-ounce serving, there are 160 calories, of which 70 calories are from fat. My math says that this ground turkey is 43.75 percent fat, not 7 percent. My complaint here is that these companies are engaging in deceptive product labeling, something the [federal government] apparently allows them to do, selling something as healthier than it really is. Somehow, I think that the protein has some value in calories, or am I missing some important knowledge about food content?

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