Can you really trust the labels on most “healthy” foods today? Well to be direct, the answer is…NO!
Companies that market food products, are highly aware that many consumers are trying to improve their overall health. Diet of course, plays a prime role in your individual health plan. After all, it takes some effort to change years of poor eating habits. The marketers are more than willing to help you make choices, by labeling their products with phrases and words that seem to indicate they’re healthy.
I saw an interesting post the other day, on a Huffingtonpost blog written by Robert J. Davis. Dr. Davis has a Ph.D. and over 15 years of experience as a health journalist. Also, he has a new book out, Coffee Is Good For You.
In his post, Dr. Davis listed what he considers to be the most deceptive food labels on products today. These words and phrases tend to convey a sense of the product being healthier, when often that fails to be true. Here’s his Top 10:
- No Trans Fat
- All Natural
- High In Fiber
- No High-Fructose Corn Syrup
- Contains Sea Salt
- Supports A Healthy Immune System
- Excellent Source Of Omega-3
- Serving Size
If you see any of these words or phrases on a food label or package, I suggest you think twice before buying that product. After all, the food companies what your money and some will use deceptive words to get it. What can you do to protect yourself?
The Bottom Line: During your next visit to the grocery store, I suggest you take a hard look at the language on product packages and their food labels. Check out the following video from Dr Davis’ post. It will help you learn how to read food labels and make better food decisions.
It’s your life, live well!