Marketing will have us believe that several food products geared toward children are beneficial to their health. In reality, many of these food companies are blatantly lying and jeopardizing their well-being in the name of profit-gaining. Most of these “healthy” advertised products in fact contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms), artificial additives, refined sugar as well as high levels of sodium, calories, and fats.
Lets uncover the truth behind these false food claims to prevent further deceit and harm to our bodies. Find out what there is to know in order to make informed decisions when making good food choices for ourselves and our families.
For starters, fat-free processed foods leave you feeling unsatisfied. You usually wind up consuming more calories as well as chemically-laden fillers. Reaching for the real deal is always a better option. You can eat fresh, whole foods and get a lot more taste and nutrition per bite.
Many of the breads that are labelled “Multigrain” tend to be made with refined grains and are over-processed. This buzz word offers nothing other than rob you of the full nutritional benefit of whole grain. Also, avoid anything labeled “bleached” or “unbleached enriched wheat flour” and opt for a loaf that is free of preservatives and irradiation.
Buying pre-made salads usually aren’t the healthiest or most economical option. Salad dressings are often made using rancid ingredients that are high in sodium and fat. Just skip the pre-made salads altogether and make your own more nutritious version using quality ingredients that are also more cost-effective. Click here for some healthier recipes.
Many ready-made smoothies often disguise themselves with refined sugar, fat, and other chemically-laden ingredients. Opting to make your own smoothie is cheaper and you can dictate what goes inside it. Click here for healthy smoothie concoctions.
Instant oatmeal is another unfortunate mistake many of us attempt to start off our day with. Loaded with artificial sweeteners, flavours, and preservatives, these oats are so heavily processed that they no longer resemble their true form. It is far better financially and nutritionally to buy a bag of steel-cut oats such as Bob’s Red Mill Organic in bulk and add some fresh cut fruit, raisins, and walnuts. I also like to sprinkle some cinnamon and drizzle some honey for an added punch.
Many energy bars available in stores are filled with high-fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, and fat. Pass on the store-bought bars and whip up a batch of your own granola goods at home. Try this easy-to-make raw granola bar for a convenient on-the-go snack. Taking charge of what goes inside the mix will help you save money and your waistline. Click here for more healthy granola bar recipes.
Frozen yogurt might have a healthy ring to it but don’t let this gimmicky beverage fool you. Not only is it pumping your body with synthetic hormones but it also is loaded with refined sugar. Why not just make your own raw food sorbet with these delish recipes.
Trail mix may allude to the fact that since this snack has nuts and fruits it must be the ideal snack. To the contrary, many of these pre-assembled mixes are often loaded with preservatives, high-fat nuts, and sugar-covered dried fruit. Try making your own trail mix using your choice of raw seeds, organic raisins, and goji berries. Read my post on “Dehydrated Fruit” for more information on dried fruits and their health benefits.
Vitamin waters, sports drinks, or anything else of that sort are poisonous to our bodies. Often filled with synthetic chemical sweeteners, dyes, and flavours- these drinks fail to hydrate you and usually leave you with a lingering headache. Instead, drink coconut water to replenish your electrolytes and effectively quench your thirst without the added calories and chemicals. Click here for the top-rated coconut drink.
Always carefully read food labels and know exactly what ingredients go into what you eat. A good general rule to follow is if you cannot pronounce the ingredients then avoid consuming them at all cost. Another rule of thumb is to steer clear of anything that has more than five ingredients, because chances are the food content is not as “clean” as you would like. When in doubt aim for a “Farm-to-Fork” approach to assist you in achieving your goal of obtaining healthier food for the family. Eating local and organic fruits and veggies is cheaper and better for everyone without a doubt. With whole foods you know exactly what you’re getting without any surprises. Leaving your family’s overall wellness to good marketing scams is just not worth it. Take control and know what you’re serving on the table. Read my post on “The 100 Mile Diet” for more on eating local and seasonably better foods.
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