When trying to figure out what the food you are thinking of buying actually contains, ignore the front of the package hype! It is just that – marketing hype. Manufacturers can’t actually lie on labeling, but they can stretch the true when trying to get your attention to buy their product.
Every packaged food must include a list of ingredients. The ingredient in largest quantity is listed first, while the one in smallest quantity is listed last.
Some products may state the percentage of an ingredient in brackets after the ingredient. This occurs when the ingredient characterises the product. For example, in an apple pie the amount of apple will be stated as a percentage of the product.
All food products are required by law to display an ingredient list.