Food Labels and Why You Need to Read Them
Ever think you're eating healthy just because a food item you're consuming says 'gluten-free'? Or what about 'organic,' 'non-GMO,' etc.?
Well the hard truth is: That's not always the case.
That's what the joy of marketing for businesses can do - paint a picture in consumers minds, making them think that what they are consuming is "healthy," simply because of the label printed on it.
Taking the time to read the ingredients listed on the back of food products is so, so, SO important.
Sadly, people are more obsessed with the calories that are in a product rather than the ingredients - which should be the other way around. We should rather be looking at what is in the actual product so we understand the nutritional aspect that the food will be giving our bodies!
To begin with, it's important to understand how the ingredient label works. The item listed first on the label is the item that is the most prevalent in the product. For example, if sugar is listed first then it is used the most in the product (we don't want that). The list of ingredients shows us what is used the most, to the least within the given food product.
Some things to be mindful of when reading the ingredient label is to make sure that processed sugars and artificial additives aren't listed in either of the first three ingredients.
A simple question to ask yourself before purchasing a food product is, "can I pronounce every/almost every ingredient listed?"
By asking yourself this, it helps you avoid the nasty and unnecessary artificial additives that can sneak into your food items.
If you can't pronounce it, try your best to avoid it.
Thankfully here at Foods Alive, we sell products that contain clean, healthful ingredients that you can easily read.
A few examples include our Onion Garlic Organic Flax Crackers that are made with golden flax seed, tomato powder, granulated garlic, minced onion, and Himalayan pink salt, and our Vegan Ranch Dressing which is made with filtered water, coconut milk, cold-pressed sesame oil, garlic powder, lemon juice, onion powder, vinegar, Himalayan pink salt, guar gum, white pepper, nutritional yeast, dill weed, chives, and monk fruit - all ingredients that you can easily pronounce (and are healthy for you!).
The main point you should take away from this is; it's important to look beyond the label printed on the food item and to actually take the time to read the ingredients incorporated into the item.
Labels can be deceiving!
Pay more attention to the nutrition that you are giving your body, not the calories. Just because an item may say 'gluten-free' does not always mean that it's healthy for you - same goes for the amount of calories incorporated into the product. Be mindful of what is going into your body - it's your home. :)
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