Conflicting information on food labels makes it hard to know what’s heathy

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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. I asked one of the companies and they said that’s just the way it is.

Am I missing some important knowledge about food content?

Ben Myers, Harvard

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