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Do you usually check food labels before buying or only after?
What is the first thing you check?

Yep! and my first thing to look for is the price. I will always make sure that they follow standard or suggested retail prices of their products and goods. Second would be the nutrition labels to see if the product has the nutrients appropriate for the consuming individual and if it does not contains any unnecessary nutrients. And lastly is the expiration date of the product because who would want to eat expired goods? Hope it helps!


Not really... I DO however check for the expiry date (especially on fresh produce).

Tip: Products that are restocked daily (e.g. bread) are often stocked with the new stock at the back of the shelf, with yesterday/day before's stock being at the front. So while the shop might be getting new stock in every day... the older (i.e. less fresh) stock will be at the front where most people will grab them first.


I always check the labels before buying anything.

The other day, I was about to buy something that promoted itself as being "all natural". But I thought I'd take a quick look before putting it in my basket. And wow... I'm so glad that I did.

The number of ingredients with numbers next to the names was insane. Nothing at all in the ingredients were actually natural.

I'm not someone who really cares about fat content, or even natural sugars for that matter if the sugar comes from added fruit.

What worries me are preservatives, processed sugar, and any other highly processed or chemical ingredients. If the ingredients have numbers as part of the name then  there's a huge chance that I won't eat it.

I prefer natural foods, and ingredients that I recognise as being real food. It's the only way to go really.


I check food labels before buying.  Because reading food labels will make it much easier for you to compare foods and find foods that have the nutritional value your child needs. If you will check labels before buying then It will help you to make healthy choices about the foods you are buying. Food labels can help you limit the amount of fat, sugar and cholesterol in your diet, making it easier to compare one food with another and choose the one with the lowest amounts. In contrast, food labels can be used to find foods with a higher content of vitamins, fibers and proteins. The nutritional information found on a food label is based on a portion of that particular food. This is one of the most common mistakes people make when they read food labels. A food label can indicate that a food has 100 calories and only 5 grams of sugar, for example. But if you look at the number of portions, you can indicate three. This means that if I had eaten the whole package, I would get three times the amount shown on the food label.


I usually buy items that I know, so there is little need for me to check the labels. The first thing I pay attention to is the price. 


Although I trust the grocery store when it comes to the expiry date, I still try to check on it. Especially the ones who have a short shelf span like bread or any of its kind.

One thing that I also check is the sugar contents of every food items that I want to buy. Nowadays, the packaging is somehow misleading / confusing. For example, some of the food that are labeled as "no added sugar" doesn't necessarily mean "no sugar at all", it is for a fact that it already have a lot of sugar to begin with.

I usually find this in fruit juices or dried fruit snacks.

So that's it, I mostly check on the expiration date & sugar content.😉


I usually check them. I had food poisoning before because of similar reasons. I didn't too proper medical prescription and that created a hell for me. The first thing that I check is the expiry date followed by the contents included in it. I google contents just to cross check it. I will suggest you to check because food poisoning is really bad than you think. I suffered for a month before getting back to normal day to day life. 


Yes, I always check food labels! 

I check the ingredients and nutritional facts prior to making my decision. I try to avoid saturated fats, trans fats, high sodium, high sugar, but will sometimes make exceptions for certain foods I like.

If I decide I'm going to purchase something, I then check to ensure the expiration date has not yet passed. 

Great question @erikah!


I check what ingredients are in it. If there is any msg  in the ingredients I put it straight back.

My children are fanatical about the date labels with manufacture and expiry . I am not overly concerned with those but they are. For instance when shopping for eggs they will find the freshest and will go through the entire shelf.

If a shop is functioning properly this should never be an issue rotating stock. Fresh at the back and older at the front.

We are habit forming so once you are happy with a product you vary rarely change. If I am shopping though I will look at price and every now and then bring home a cheaper variant to try to shock my fussy family lol.


initially, i do not check food labels before i buy not until after expired goods became the order of the day and food poisoning its relative effect.

earlier in year, a friend of mine was hospitalised due to eating expired spaghetti and pasta and when she was admitted to the hospital what she intially thought was a stomach upset gone extremely bad was actually food poisoning that might have claimed her life unawares.

After being told by the doctor, she was asked what she ae last before the food poisoning and there and then it was found out that the spaghetti pasta she so much relished and enjoyed was expired and the cause of her predicament.

ever since then, before i buy any product whether consumables or not, i check the product detail and most especially the expiry date because i dont want to be the architect of my own predicament and there is a common saying in place that negligence is not an excuse. 


Yes normally I would check the food labels before I buy something. There is one particular thing in the label that I usually check. That is the carbohydrates. I need to check to see how much sugar there is per serving. Well, I think it's important to know how sugar there is.

Well, why do I check that is because I roughly know that for a normal female, the amount of sugar to take is around 8 table spoon and for a male is around 11 table spoon and one table spoon is around 6grams. So if the sugar content is high, I would avoid those food as i know that those food would be really really sweet.

The second thing I am very particular about is the expiration date. I would want to buy something that has a bit of leeway till the expiration to know that the particular food is fresh.


My wife and I check food labels pretty religiously when we are considering a new product that we are not familiar with.

Quite honestly the first that that we usually look at is the amount of sodium that is in a product.  There are many packaged meals out there that look very good and tasty, but they just have way too much sodium in them.  

For that reason my wife and I actually just make a lot of our own food at home.  If we are cooking ourselves we can monitor the amount of salt and other seasonings that go into our food.

After sodium, the amount of fat and calories is probably the next thing that we look at.  If something has a very high fat content then we are probably going to pass on that as well.

In the same line of thinking if something is touted as being low fat, we then have a look at the amount of sugars that are in the item or the amount of artificial ingredients the item has.  

For example low fat peanut butter has a lot of artificial sweeteners to make up for the fat that they take out.  This is not any better for you than the high amount of fat that regular peanut butter has.  In fact, it is probably worse for you because the fats that are in nuts are often referred to as good fats.  

Those are some of the things that we take into account when we are looking at the labels on food.  We always check the label before we buy an item.  It just saves you time and money down the road.  

Another final thing that is a really good idea to look at is the serving size of whatever the items is that you are buying.

Serving size is a very important thing to notice especially in the US where portion sizes seem to be extremely large.  Knowing that a 1/4 cup of that salty snack is going to give you a certain amount of nutrients is a good thing.

Many times the single serving bags that you find at the grocery store contain multiple servings.  You might be looking at the numbers on the label of the bag thinking it is a certain number of calories and fat for the whole bag when in reality those are the numbers for half of the bag or a quarter of the bag.

If you eat the whole bag, you could be consuming two times or four times the amount of sodium/calories/fat that you think you are.

It is very important to be aware of what you are putting into your body and doing your due diligence to read the labels and be a well informed consumer.


I like to think of myself as a fairly educated shopper when it comes to understanding nutrition labels at the grocery store (because I read so much about it) but I still find myself getting confused or overwhelmed sometimes when trying to keep everything straight. Sometimes reading food labels can be quite confusing.


Yes Of course.In pakistan some bad shopkepers sale expired products.It is very bad thing.Expire products very bad of for health.Expire product injured you lungs.Local shopkeepers not think others health.His aim is just sale his products.And earn alot of profit.

Somedays a ago I have BBQ planed with my friends.I m going to shop to purchase some masalas.Shopkeeper has packed masalas and give me.I don't check in shop.I m going to home.Open the shooper and check masalas date 2 or 3 packets are expired.I am so hiper and going back to shop.I checked the products to shopkeeper.He acpect some packets are expired.He accept his mistake.and change the packets.

Very great and important question.Thanks for sharing.


I hardly checked food labels if the food doesn't contain expiry date. The first thing i noticed is about the price of food. If the food belongs to dairy product, like cream, milk, curd etc, I ensure about its expiry dates. Otherwise I remain casual. 

I believe it's better to check the details labeling and ingredients if you are health conscious. I noted even multi national companies cheated by writing code of aspartame instead of writing the product. In business world, People doesn't look what is ethical and what's unethical they only concern about the big profit. so, it's better to buy product after comprehensive check and understanding about labels. 


Yes i check the food labels before buying it

why? to save my Health and my Families because most of the food they are now saling nowadays, most of it has expire have turn to spoil food not only food even the bogy creen we use for our body too..

Could u ever emarging thatb last two week i went to a shop to buy body creem for my self, and i ask the saler how much is it and the price of it is very cheep, i was emarging why will the price of it cheep or have the reduce the price i now turn to see the expiring date now see the body creen have expired some week ago.

What if i did not check it and i just buy it because it cheep, what did you think it will happen to my body or my health.

My advice is that when ever we are buying food of any other things that can course harmfull to our body let make sure we take our time to check the label first before buying it because our helath are more important.