This piece originally appeared on MyRecipes.
Food is a lot of things. Food is nourishment, inspiration, and tradition. But food is also a business.
A label placed on any food product’s packaging is a good thing that we need in order to understand what we are buying–but it also serves as a tiny advertising slot for food companies to entice consumers to put the product in their cart. I don’t mind buying something with a lot of fat and sugar when I feel like indulging and I do so intentionally, but I don’t want to buy something loaded up on sugar and junk on accident because the package painted a different picture with confusing or misleading phrasing.