I always get a kick out of the false advertising that food
companies are so clever at.
When people pick up a product, they may read things that say
"no trans fats", "heart healthy", "high in fiber", "fortified with Vitamin D" and other savvy marketing gems. We see that, look at the nutritional charts on the sides and assume that this product must be somewhat healthy for us.
But when we look closely at the ingredients, we notice in small print that it is loaded with garbage such as HFCS, hydrogenated oils, aspartame, soy lecithin and an array of other dangerous toxins.
As a society, we have been hammered with the importance of calories, fat intake, sodium levels and all of the items typically found on a nutrition label. Yes, I know, these are all important but everything can be solved just by reading the ingredients labels,
Let's use an example of bread. The unsuspecting consumer will pick up a loaf of wholesome whole wheat bread and the package reads " high in fiber","multigrain", and "no trans fat". Sounds healthy, right? If you glance at the ingredients, you find HFCs(which is in many breads). So answer the question, "Is this a healthy option?" Food companies know the buzz words that we are looking for. Most of have the sense to realize that white bread is bad for us, that high calories, lots of sodium and trans fats are dangerous.
But what is the point in trying to avoid all this when there is an added
ingredient( hfcs) that is a culprit in everything from obesity to acid reflux
to chronic fatigue syndrome.
The answer to optimal health here is not to watch every calorie or ounce of fat but to avoid key ingredients in food.
We haven't even begun to talk about GMO's, which are found in approximately 80
percent of supermarket foods. Basically, gmo's are made by "forcing genes
from one species, such as bacteria, viruses, animals or humans, into the dna of
a food crop or animal to introduce a new
trait". See the list of non- gmo foods in
So what ingredients do we need to be aware of:
-High Fructose Corn Syrup,
-anything with soy in it
-aspartame or neotame
-hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats
-sucrose or sucralose
-MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)
-sodium nitrate and benzoate
-food dyes or colorings(Ex: blue 3, red 40, etc)
-bha and bht
-textured vegetable protein
-equal or nutrasweet
-modified food starch
-hydrolyzed vegetable oils.
Frightening enough, this is just a partial list of poison ingredients.
Reading ingredients is far more important than the nutritional values, which can be very deceiving.