Sneaky Labels- a must read

20 Nov 2014

Nutrition labels. They are sneaky things…aren’t they? We are told to count calories, watch our protein, carbs, fat and now sugar. But what if you are doing all those and STILL not feeling great or having issues with losing weight. It all comes down to what’s behind the macros and what you are actually eating.

Tonight I went into Rite Aid to pickup some almonds and while looking at the labels I was utterly shocked. Now, it takes a lot to shock me when it comes to food as I have been in this industry for a few years now. However I was shocked tonight. Looking at the fruit and nut mixtures from various companies would seem like it should only have like three ingredients, almonds, sunflower seeds, dried pineapple (or whatever they are using), right? Haha. Wrong. This specific brand has 15 ingredients. 15! For a fruit and nut mix! It included everything from canola oil to sugar, salt, coloring, corn oil and whatever else they felt the need to put in a ‘natural’ fruit and nut mix. (Note- the pictures below are not from the brand I’m speaking of now.)

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The Food Babe recently came out with an article about Starbucks and their Pumpkin Spice Latte. It was shocking to see what can go into a simple milk drink that thousands buy every day. So what does this all mean? All these sneaky labels?

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Put simply, it means that we need to start paying attention as to what goes into our food. Any food you buy that is prepackaged, made at a store, or in a restaurant should not have more than 5 ingredients. When you start having things like sugar, canola oil, and food colorings you are increasing your chances of disease, various cancers, obesity, asthma, acne, fatigue, among countless other health concerns.

You need to become LABEL SAVVY. Become a detective when it comes to these sneaky companies and their even sneakier labels. Here are a few things to be aware of:

  • Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable oil: found in baked goods, chips, fried foods, creamer and margarine. It increases cholesterol, increases chance of diabetes, heart disease, and inflammation in the body.
  • Tartrazine (#102): orange & yellow food coloring. Found in colored drinks, jams, cereals, snack foods, canned fish, packaged soups and wool/silk dye. Has been linked to hyperactivity, skin rashes, migraines, behavioural problems, thyroid problems, and chromosome damage.
  • MSG: monosodium glutamine. This is used to flavor foods that have basically been beaten alive to the point of no nutritional value (but then again what did you expect when it’s made by scientists in a lab). It causes headaches, nausea, promotes irreversable obesity, difficulty breath…just to name a few. It’s found in chips, sauces, Kraft Mac & Cheese, frozen dinners, salad dressing, canned foods, and in many foods served to kids at schools.
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Now these are just a FEW to look out for. But you get my drift… when your ‘food’ has an ingredient you can’t pronounce or an e-number it’s best to STAY AWAY.

Ideally you will be eating homemade food 60-70% of the time to avoid all these chemicals. I understand this seems like a hard thing if you are not used to cooking, however trust me that once you learn the basics and how easy it is to throw together a salad or stir fry (this is where meal prep is key!), going back to these foods will never seem as appealing.

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But seriously… look at how many ingredients these ‘healthy’ luna bars have. Do you think that’s healthy? Good for your body? The main thing is to think of these “foods” as a treat; if you must. By no means should these be a staple in your diet.

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Are you convinced about these chemicals yet and that you NEED to start reading labels, and not just for the calories and sugars? If not… then think about this: for the first time EVER, parents are now expected to live longer than their obese children. And this is not just from kids ‘overeating.’ It is caused from these chemicals that are being put into our food that is changing out chemical and DNA makeup.

So I ask you, will you continue eating this way or is it finally time for a change?

With love,

Nikki

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