Food Labeling – How to not be fooled by Food Labels

Food Labeling – How to not be fooled by Food Labels

How to not be fooled by Food Labels

Food Labeling

Today I am talking about Food Labeling, and really being aware of ingredients, and not being lead by those false claims.

So I went to the grocery store and took photos of popular food brands.

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Philadelphia Cream Cheese:  original vs light.
So most people will grab the ‘light’ because it has less fat, however, dairy fat is healthy. When food manufacturers take out fat in food, it loses its flavour, so another ingredient is added instead to give flavouring.

For example, regular (original) cream cheese sodium content is 60mg/1-tbsp., however, light has a sodium content of 75mg/1-tbsp.  You’ve now increased your sodium content by 15mg/tbsp.

So ask yourself, is ‘low fat’ better for you?  NO, due to its increased sodium content.  YOU do not want more sodium in your body.

Nordic Cottage Cheese:  2% vs. 1%.
2% cottage cheese Sodium is 270mg per 1/2 cup, while 1% sodium increases by  20-mg, you’re now looking at consuming 290mg per 1/2 cup.

Ritz Crackers: False advertisement, ‘0 trans fats‘.
If you look at the ingredients you will note vegetable oil is one of the top ingredients. Vegetable oil is a trans fat!  Hydrogenated Palm Oils (you already know how unhealthy hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats are to your heart – they clog your arteries)  YOU do NOT want to eat anything with trans fats!!

Vegetable Thins & Sociable Crackers – all Christie products:  same thing…full of bad trans fats.

If manufacturers are within a certain percentage they can make false claims, like, “0 Trans Fats”.

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DID you know that the extraction of Palm Oils is destroying  the habitat of orangutans, gorillas, and other wildlife.  So basically you are helping to pay for – feeding your money – into the destruction – and slaughter – of these innocent animals.  These endangered animals.

Other food labeling products I include are:

  • Muffin Mix: (you should be making homemade; it’s not only cheaper, but healthier as well; all you need is flour, eggs, sugar, and baking powder/soda, vanilla, and fruit like bananas, or blueberries)
  • Natural Flavoring as an ingredient: what is “natural” flavouring?  Why do you need to add flavoring to a product if it includes, blueberries, for example
  • Cake Mix:  labeled, “Fat-Free”, yet there are 300mg sodium and 22-grams of sugar – and you know what happens with sugars right?  The more you put into your body (consume) the more you will crave for it, and that includes artificial sweeteners; 31-grams of unhealthy carbohydrates
  • Low sugar, zero sugar:  it will contain artificial sweetener, and did you know a lot of artificial sweeteners are banned in Europe because they have been proven and linked to cancer and other diseases

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