When 0 doesn’t equal 0
– deceiving food labels!
I was more than excited about the Dr. Oz show today highlighting the deceiving marketing efforts of big food companies to “trick” us into believing their processed, pre-packed foods full of sugar, trans fats (hydrogenated, and partially-hydrogenated), sodium, and artificial dyes, flavors and sweeteners are actually good for us.
The last time I did math 0=0. Unfortunately, the FDA is exempt from logical math, as they allow big food companies to label their foods “TRANS-FAT FREE” if the product contains less than .5g of transfat PER SERVING. What did food companies do meet these guidelines? They decreased their serving size so they can splash “TRANS-FAT FREE” all over the label along with includes more healthy whole grains, natural, full of vitamins and minerals, contains no cholesterol, low fat, and whatever else they think will entice you to buy their products. What this means is we are being fooled. Unless you learn to read the ingredients on the label, you will continue to be deceived.
General rules to reading labels:
1. Eat foods without labels – whole foods don’t come in a package and don’t have to be processed or preserved. They also taste GREAT!
2. The less ingredients, the better.
3. The first ingredients make up the majority of the product.
4. Avoid any food that contains trans-fats (hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils.
5. Avoid any food that contains artificial sweeteners (sucralose, splenda, aspartame, nutrasweet, equal).
6. Avoid any food that contains high amounts of sugar or has ingredients ending in -ose (these are just another name for sugar). I stick to foods sweetened with stevia.
7. Avoid any food that contains high amounts of sodium. (frozen foods, deli meats, boxed foods)
8. Get educated and realize the only person who controls what goes in your shopping cart…. is YOU! Don’t let deceptive marketing fool you. If you have questions about whether a certain product is acceptable, please contact me so I can help!