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Nutrition, Food, and Fitness
Chapter 22 Making Wise Consumer Choices—Terms and Definitions
comparison shopping. Assessing prices and quality of similar products to choose those that best
meet a consumer’s needs and price range.
consumer. Someone who buys and uses products and services.
electronic shopping. A method of buying items over the Internet using a home computer.
food additive. A substance added to food products to cause desired changes in the products.
food processing. Any procedure performed on food to prepare it for consumers.
generic product. An unbranded product, which can be identified by plain, simple packaging.
GRAS (generally recognized as safe) list. A list prepared by the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration of about 700 substances that have proved to be safe to use in food processing.
impulse buying. Making unplanned purchases.
national brand. A brand that is distributed and advertised throughout the country by a major
organic food. A food produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or growth
serving size. The amount of a food item customarily eaten at one time.
store brand. A brand that is sold in only specific chains of food stores.
unit price. A product’s cost per standard unit of weight or volume.
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