FOOD LABELING DECEPTIONS
Study the Ingredients List!!!
My opinion is that an ingredients list that is longer than half a dozen ingredients suggests that the product may be highly processed. The extras are usually about synthetic or processed flavor or preservatives.
Watch out for Serving Sizes
- LightLight products are processed to reduce either calories or fat. Some products are simply watered down. Check carefully to see if anything has been added instead — like sugar.
- MultigrainIt only means that a product contains more than one type of grain. These are most likely refined grains — unless the product is marked as whole grain. A quick read is Grain Damage for deep insights about grains. Think quinoa, the safe and healthy seed that is used like a grain.
- NaturalThis does not necessarily mean that the product resembles anything healthy. Strychnine is natural but very deadly. "Natural" simply indicates that at one point the manufacturer worked with a natural source like apples or rice. Enter the processing dragon.
- OrganicThis label says very little about whether a product is healthy. For example, organic sugar is still sugar. No "added" sugar. Some products are naturally high in sugar. The fact that they don't have added sugar doesn't mean they're healthy. Unhealthy sugar substitutes may also have been added. Try stevia in all its forms until you get the taste or no taste that you prefer.
- Low-calorieLow-calorie products have to have one-third fewer calories than the brand's original product. Yet, one brand's low-calorie version may have similar calories as another brand’s original.
- Low-fatThis label usually means that the fat has been reduced at the cost of adding more sugar. Read the ingredients list.
- Low-carbRecently, low-carb diets have been linked to improved health. Still, processed foods that are labeled low-carb are usually still processed junk foods, similar to processed low-fat foods.
- Made with whole grainsThe product may contain very little whole grains. Check the ingredients list — if whole grains aren't in the first three ingredients, the amount is probably negligible.
- Fortified or enrichedThis means that some nutrients have been added to the product. For example, vitamin D is often added to milk. Just because something is fortified doesn’t make it absorbable or healthy.
- Gluten-freeGluten-free doesn’t mean healthy. The product simply doesn't contain wheat, spelt, rye, or barley. Many gluten-free foods are highly processed and loaded with unhealthy fats and sugar.
- Fruit-flavoredMany processed foods have a name that refers to a natural flavor, such as strawberry yogurt. However, the product may not contain any fruit — only chemicals designed to taste like fruit. Watch out for food coloring as well as many are carcinogenic.
- Zero trans fatThis phrase means "less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving." Thus, if serving sizes are misleadingly small, the product may still contain trans fat. Despite these cautionary words, many truly healthy foods are organic, whole grain, or natural. Still, just because a label makes certain claims, doesn’t guarantee that it’s healthy.
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