I think everyone should be able to read and understand food labels, but I don’t always like the way manufacturers use this information to mislead us. For example, just because a product claims to be “whole grain” doesn’t necessarily mean it is high in fiber.
As a matter of fact, the criteria for a food to be able to claim “100% Whole Grain” and “Whole Grain” are based on whole grain — and not fiber — content. That’s why sugary cereals can claim to be whole grain and contain just 1-2 grams of fiber per serving. Some of these whole grain foods contain more sugar and calories than those without the whole grain stamp.
You’re better off looking for foods with a 10:1 ratio of carbohydrates to fiber, or lower (Cheerios, for example, has a 7:1 ratio). Foods with this ratio have more fiber and less sugar than those foods with higher ratios.
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