One thing that never ceases to amaze me is how food manufacturers use misleading claims on their packaged foods such as multigrain, natural, no added sugar, real fruit, zero trans fats, no additives etc.
All these claims are all in bold and capital letters to ensure we see what amazing ‘healthy’ products they are. I’m not saying there aren’t any truly healthy foods out there but having these labels does not guarantee that the product is healthy. On the contrary, you would be surprised to see how these so called ‘healthy’ foods are laden with sugars, trans fats (aka bad fats) and preservatives.
Soooo, when you do your food shopping remember this important rule: check the food label Yeah, it can be time consuming at the beginning but look at the bigger picture: you will know exactly what you are paying for and what goes in your tummy.
There are many things to consider when checking a food label but I will try to keep this as simple as possible (to increase compliance haha):
- The shorter the ingredient's list, the better.
- If you don’t understand an ingredient, stay away from it.
- Look at the sugar content (remember, the average sugar requirement per day is 30 grams, that’s 6 teaspoons in TOTAL, per DAY).
- If sugar is one of the first three ingredients, don't buy it. Ingredients are ordered by volume, so the higher up on the list an ingredient is, the more of it a product contains.
- Hang tight for this one: there are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels. These include common names, such as sucrose, fructose, dextrose, maltose (anything ending in ‘ose’), high-fructose corn syrup, barley malt, rice syrup. So, if it doesn't say sugar on the ingredient's list but you see one of these other weird names, it's still sugar.
- Stay away from trans-fats; when a food label indicates "0 grams of trans fat," that's ideal.
Btw, isn't this whole-foods basket just gorgeous?
Be happy and be healthy! X