Healthy Food Shopping – Read Your Labels For Fat Loss!

I was getting a few things at the grocery store today, paying careful attention to the labels, looking for HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) and it’s derivatives. After posting an article on HFCS (http://ironbellathletics.wordpress.com/2008/06/29/high-fructose-corn-syrup-and-health-risks/) my wife and I have become very diligent about reading food labels

For instance, I was checking the labels of ketchup brands, and out of 4 or 5 brands, found only 1 which was marked “Organic” and did not have HFCS in it. What was also interesting was the products labeled “lite” or “Lo-fat” or implied that they were healthier in some way, that actually contained HFCS or crystalline fructose. This is food marketing deception at its worst.

One of the things I noticed that really disturbed me was that I saw multiple examples of healthy foods in their natural state, while also noticing counterfeit overly processed versions of these original foods claiming that they were healthier than the natural version.

If you take the time to read the label, however, these fake versions were actually MUCH worse for you than the original…yet they still claim that their overly processed versions are better.

The sad thing is that millions of people fall for this deceptive food marketing every day. Here are a few examples I noticed:

Example #1: Product claiming to be “Better than peanut butter”

This product is ridiculous! I can’t believe anyone would ever believe that this processed junk is better for them than natural, minimally processed peanut butter.

First of all, if you buy a good natural organic peanut butter, it is usually very simply only two ingredients… peanuts and salt. And they don’t add much salt so it is not a high sodium product.

However, this counterfeit peanut butter which claimed it was “better than peanut butter” (trying to seem healthier than natural peanut butter based on its label claims) had a list of processed junk in it you wouldn’t believe.

First of all, they strip all of the natural healthy fats out of the peanuts so that it is a “low fat” product. So right off the top, they’ve taken out one of the healthiest parts of the peanut butter… the appetite satisfying healthy fats that you need to control cravings and manage more stable blood sugar levels in your body.

To make things worse, the healthy fats were replaced with 2 different types of sugar-based syrups, additional dehydrated cane juice (aka SUGAR), as well as added refined starches (in case you didn’t get enough blood-sugar spiking refined carbs yet).

This product has taken something as simple and natural as peanut butter, and turned it into what should really be called some sort of processed junk candy. Yet, they claim that it is healthier for you than peanut butter!

Example #2: Product claiming to be “better than eggs”.

Basically, this product is just egg whites with a bunch of added chemical colorings, flavorings, and other nonsense, including artificially added vitamins.

Again, this product has essentially ruined a good thing by removing the healthiest part of the egg… the YOLKS! And yes, the yolks ARE the healthiest part of the egg. Anybody that tells you different doesn’t understand much about real nutrition. The important thing to look for in quality whole eggs, are cage-free and organic.

Most people don’t realize that almost all of the quality nutrition in an egg is found in the yolks. The majority of the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and trace nutrients are found in the yolks, not the whites. Even the protein in the whites isn’t as high quality in terms of bioavailability without the amino acid profile of the yolk that complements the amino acid profile of the whites.

And no, the cholesterol in eggs is not bad for you… it actually raises your good cholesterol more than bad cholesterol, which improves your overall profile. And the fats in whole eggs are balanced and healthy for you as well.

Bottom line… whole eggs are healthier than egg whites. It’s not even a close comparison. The label claims are just another example of food marketing deception.

Example #3: A product claiming to be “better than butter”.

This was essentially margarine which is loaded with highly processed and deadly trans fats, yet it was still advertised as being “better than butter”.

Don’t fall for it!

Even low quality butter is better for you than any margarine on the market. One problem with butter is the pesticides and hormones frequently found within from improperly raised cows.

For this reason, it’s always a good choice to go with organic butter, and if you can find grass-fed butter, even better. Grass-fed butter is higher in the natural form of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). In fact, adding a little butter to your steamed vegetables helps your body absorb more of the vitamins and minerals in the veggies.

Additionally, the content of stable saturated fats in butter makes butter one of the best oils to cook with. Oils that are high in polyunsaturated fats such as soy, corn, safflower (and even flax) are the worst to cook with due to the highly unstable nature of their chemistry.

Here’s the Secret to good health and fitness…

  1. Educate yourself! Read your food labels. Shop on the outside aisles of the grocery store as much as possible. Do some research on the web or in your library. No one’s going to knock on your door and provide you with the all-encompassing program to good health. It’s up to you!
  2. Move your body! Whether you choose to walk, train with weights or kettlebells, bike, hike, run or swim. Get up and move! As confucious said: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Set realistic goals with your diet and your workout regimen. Don’t train thinking you’re going to enter a marathon in a month, lose 50 lbs before the end of summer or win your first bodybuilding contest next week. Successful completion of each goal you set empowers you to reach your next goal. Remember, we’re training for lifetime fitness. There is no losing here, everything you do builds on what you did previously. The important thing is to do something!!!

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