3 Things You Didn’t Know About Health Food
It is important to never take anything for face value, especially when it comes things that you consume. Ask questions, research and have a full understanding of EVERYTHING you put into your body. This is important because food companies lie. They bend the truth and omit facts and details to sell products to people all over the world. They prey on ignorance. The food industries chief concern is the bottom line and making money. This is especially true when it comes to “health foods.”
Cooking Sprays are NOT “fat free”
The label says “fat free” and so does the nutritional information. So I know you are asking, “How can there be fat in the cooking spray if it has fat free all over the bottle?” Well, let’s just say that the manufacturers bend the rules. By federal regulations, if less than .5 gs of fat is present per serving a company does not have to make note of the fat contents on the nutrition label.
.5 gs per serving is not much at all, so you are probably thinking, “Who cares?” Hang on, it gets deeper!
This becomes a big deal when a medium sized can contains 702 servings. Basically what the manufacturers have done is decrease what is considered a serving size to .33 seconds of spray time. This decrease in serving size increases the amount of total servings in the container. This ridiculously high serving count splits the container into much smaller pieces. These super small fragments contain under the .5 gs so the company can then report the fat contents as 0 gs or “fat free.” Talk about sneaky!
This also applies to fat free coffee creamers and other food products. Be aware of serving size manipulation before you purchase and consume!
Organic seafood is the Santa of nutrition, because it doesn’t exist. Currently there are no USDA regulations for organic seafood. This means a seller can pull fish out of the pond next to the power plant, wipe the paint off it’s gills, gut it, and slap an organic sticker on the packaging. If a company or restaurant calls their fish “organic” most likely they have something to hide. I don’t deal with liars and neither should you. Stay away!
While we are discussing organic foods, if you want eat organic be aware that just because something says “organic” on the label doesn’t mean it’s “100% organic.” In fact, unless it says “100% organic” by federal regulations it only needs to be 95% organic.
How does one measure the organicness of a food item? Who the hell knows! By federal regulations 95% of the ingredients need to be organic, but so many food items are exempt from the list because they are deemed too difficult to govern. These would include, but aren’t limited to: sausage casing, celery powder and other spices, any seafood product, fish oils, and food coloring. Bottom line is, unless it says “100% organic” it is not really organic.
Most food items that are labeled “fat free” or “low fat” are altered, more processed versions of their fattier rival counter part. This is most common with dessert foods and snacks. In the example of ice cream, low fat ice cream often has 25-50% more sugar than its whole fat rival. The low fat version will also be heavily processed in comparison. This becomes evident when reading the ingredients list. If you see a long list of ingredients that you can not pronounce, you know it is heavily processed.
There is a but!
Don’t let this discourage you from eating foods lower in fat. Some foods are great “low fat” options. The process to lower the fat count is a bit different though. Instead of eating a mechanically modified version of the food, eat foods that contain different ingredients. Let’s use bacon as an example. You can choose to eat turkey bacon instead of pork based bacon. This lowers the fat count, is a more healthy option, and is still a whole food that is not overly processed to accommodate for the reduction of fat. Chicken and turkey sausage is also viable as a pork sausage substitute. Egg whites are a better option than whole eggs. Skim milk is a good choice over whole milk. See where this is going? I hope so.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to lies and half truths from food corporations. Bottom line, be aware of what you put into your body, read nutrition labels and do your research!
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