Most people when given the option will buy something that they think is "somewhat" healthier. I use the word "somewhat", because most people I encounter have no clue what is actually healthy. But let's say for example, if there are two items that are right next to each other, that are exactly the same, price and all, yet one says 30% less calories. The majority of people will choose the one with the label that claims it has less calories...(Again this is an example, like I said before most people have not been educated on what is actually healthy, I personally do not use calories in making my food decisions). But if we can be influenced in to buying certain products, do you think the food companies aren't taking advantage of that? Of course they are. (For those of you, still wondering why i don't count calories.)
But here are some key words and catch phrases that you want to avoid being sucked in to thinking they are healthy for you.
Made with Whole Grains.
Your first question should be..."And what else?" A product can have a little bit of whole grains and be loaded with a bunch of other crap. Take kid's cereals for example.
Great Source of _______ (Fill in the blank)
The added calcium, vitamin D, or whatever added to your food is synthetic and highly processed. Chip's Ahoy with added calcium is still unhealthy.
The word Natural.
This means absolutely nothing, it has no certification or regulation like being certified Organic does.
High in Protein!
Most of the protein in packaged food is derived from Soy, which is top genetically modified crop, and is estrogenic.
Made with Real Fruit.
First, what percent? Juice made with 3% real fruit juice can use this claim, and second most are derived from fruit concentrates which are going to be high in sugar.
Sugar Free or No sugar Added.
It is generally replaced with artificial sweeteners. Those are bad, real bad.
Fat Free or Low Fat.
They either are going to replace that fat with sugar or something you can't pronounce.
Unless you have Celiac, or a sensitivity. Gluten free doesn't mean it's healthier.
Rich in Omega 3's.
From where? Fish gelatin? Adding fish gelatin to an unhealthy product doesn't make it healthier.
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