Deceptive Labels


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As people are looking for healthy lifestyles, they are changing the way they eat, but the deceptive labels on many foods are creating more problems.

“Throughout history, simple diet has been a function of low income. The most nutritious foods are the least expensive: whole fruits and vegetables, unprocessed dairy, whole grains. As lifestyle became more complex, and incomes grew, expensive, empty, processed, nutrient-deficient foods were popularized by marketing and advertising – the foods of commerce”. Royal Lee, DDS, Nutritionist, created Standard Process Supplements. 

Fat Free & Low Fat

What does it mean? The fat in the dairy products are removed via a centrifuge and thus the fat is separated out. This will, however, make the food bland and thus they will put in the additives such as sugar, flour or other substances. Fat free will usually mean they’ve added a lot of sugar. See our article – Low Fat Foods

“Diet” or Sugar Free

Here the manufacturer exchanges sugars for artificial sweeteners. They will also add things that you wouldn’t find in real food.  Read the labels.
Diet Soda ingredients may surprise you.  

Gluten-Free

This has become a true fad. People are going on gluten free diets and you can find shelf after shelf of “gluten free” foods.  Look at the labels.  Many gluten-free products are high carb and contain many more sugars and fats. Read the label to see what is really in these products. Here is an article on this. Gluten Free Foods Are they healthy?

Want Gluten-free? Go to the produce department.

Cholesterol Free

Cholesterol is necessary for the body and if you don’t eat it, your body will make it. Read this article – Cholesterol 

Natural Food or Organic Food

“Natural” can be deceptive. There are no FDA guidelines and this term is not regulated by any certification. Foods that are “natural” can include pesticides, hormones, and harmful chemicals. Read the label.

Organic processed foods can still be full of carbs and sugars. 

For some foods such as fruits, vegetables and meats, organic will be better than conventionally grown foods. See article Organically Grown Foods 

Grass Fed Beef or Pasture Raised 

Sounds the same?  That’s what they want you to believe.  

But because the cow is let out to graze, doesn’t mean she’s hungry.  The cow which is fed grains as a diet, but can also eat grass, can be called pasture-raised.   You can even find milk products that state “pasture raised”  in an attempt to sound healthy. 

Grass Fed Beef or Vegetarian Fed

Vegetarian fed means that the cows are feed corn, grain, and soy.

They can also be fed protein supplements, and growth hormones, which makes animals grow at a much faster rate.

On this type of diet, it only takes a little over a year before a calf is ready for slaughter. This is a faster and more profitable process.

It comes with dangerous consequences to our health. Switching animals from a grass-fed diet to an grain diet damages their digestive system, which is remedied with antibiotics in order to prevent sickness or death.

Grass-fed beef is lower in total fat than grain-fed beef, and many studies have shown that it is higher in antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. 

What to buy?

 

Don’t be fooled by marketing tricks. Read over all the ingredients and understand the ingredients.

Here is an article on Truth in Labeling

Read also: Health Myths

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