Nutritional labels on food packages sometimes would be just as difficult to interpret if they were written in Swahili. Basically, big wig food companies dance and skirt around the truth, showing and telling innocent consumers one thing when in reality you’re not ingesting what you think. I won’t go too in-depth, but here are some important things to know before you buy that product in the grocery store.
1. Always look at the list of ingredients!! Do this first, before you even contemplate purchasing the product. Ingredients are listed in descending order in terms of how much is in the food, so if high-fructose corn syrup or something equally as unnatural/horrible for you is the first ingredient listed… DON’T buy it! If it’s something you can’t pronounce, the same applies. Buy things where at least the first few ingredients are things you know and are natural ie, come from the planet and not factories. These companies sneak-attack us all the time with this because no one bothers to look when it is so, so crucial.
2. Serving size is another huge area where we are constantly getting shanghai’d by the big food giants. Tiny serving sizes make unhealthy substances like fat and sugar look less terrible, when in reality you’re doing the same amount of damage.
For example, a 15-ounce can of organic soup labeled “healthy” contains “about two” servings; each serving has 480mg of sodium (eek!). The FDA says that a food cant be called “healthy” if it contains more than 480 mg per serving.
See what they did there? Sneaky bastards; because of course most people eat the whole can, which is 960 mg.
In a February 2013 study, it was found that products containing two servings that are customarily consumed at a single eating period that displayed two columns – one for the entire package and one for a serving – on the label helped consumers make healthier choices.
3. This concerns whole grains; the phrase “made with whole grains” does not necessarily mean that the product is made predominantly of whole grains like it leads you to believe. In fact, only a minute amount may be within the product. Look for the word “whole” – like whole wheat, whole grain – listed first in the ingredient list.
Similarly, the Whole Grain Stamp (which appears on products that contain at least 8 g whole grains per serving) doesn’t guarantee the best choice for you, either. There was a recent study done by Public Health Nutrition that discovered that some grain products marked with the stamp were actually higher in sugars and calories than grain products without the stamp. Now, that’s repulsive – it really disgusts me how concerned these companies are with money and how they don’t give a rats ass about the consumers that they are feeding, or more appropriately, destroying from the inside, out.
A good way to judge if the product is good in the grains arena is to look for at least 1 g fiber for every 10 g total carbohydrates.
I hope that this is helpful to you; it’s so very important to feed your body properly, and that can not happen if you are not paying attention to what you are ingesting. Your body is a temple, and it should be treated as such, wouldn’t you agree???
Happy Healthy Munching!