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As a food demonstrator at a local grocery, I can assure you consumers really want to know MORE about what they are buying. This is why the nutrition information on the package is so important. In my unofficial capacity, I can tell you, four out of five consumers want to know exactly what you put into their food.

Those on diets want to know the calories per serving. Please provide what an actual serving size is! Many want to check if you used trans fats (the bad kind) and the percentage of saturated fat (the good kind) per package. Next, how much sodium was used? Those with high blood pressure, watching their cholesterol or total salt intake, really need this information. Another important feature is the total number of Carbs (grams) in the package or per serving. They also want to know where those sugars are coming from. Finally, please list all of the ingredients on the package and whether the food contains wheat, milk, soy, sugar substitutes or nuts.
Food manufacturers, if you make this nutrition and ingredient information easy for them to find, they’ll like you even more!

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Right after Thanksgiving, I took a part-time demonstrator position at a membership grocery to get me away from the computer.

What I’ve learned: I know more about food handling safety, calibrating a food thermometer and how to stand on my feet for six plus hours, without regretting it.

The biggest surprise: how people act when you offer a product sample for FREE. Many grazers never go more than hours without sustenance and yet, they will forget every manner they were taught when it comes to FREE food samples. They often grab the plates right from my tray, don’t wait their turn in line and some even take several samples at once. Their children follow suit, copying their parents. We need to re-invent Emily Post today! PLEASE!