For this #FoodieFriday blog I thought I would share some great information on why we really need to be our own food detectives.
Marketers are smart; they follow the diet trends. They will create a pretty package with all the popular diet terms like “all natural” “gluten-free” and “no preservatives” – but are these choices always the best choice?
In reality, many of these so-called healthy options are not much better – and in some cases even worse – than the foods they are trying to replace.
Just because a brand slaps on a bright green sticker that says “high fiber” or “no sugar added” doesn’t mean the product is a better alternative. Most of the time the ingredient list on these products have a ton of other added chemicals that are just as harmful, as the very thing you are trying to avoid.
For the most part opt for foods that are proven to be healthy, such as grass-finished meat and organic fruits and vegetables, whenever possible. However, when walking down the center isles of the store full of colorful boxes and jars, watch out for these 10 ingredients!
- Partially Hydrogenated Oils
- High Fructose Corn Syrup
- Artificial Sweeteners (Sucralose, Equal, Splenda, Aspartame, Ace K)
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
- BHA (Butylated Hydroxyanisole) and BHT (Butylated Hydroxytoluene)
- Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite
- Artificial Food Dyes
- Potassium Bromate
- Propyl Paraben and Propyl Gallate
To help you navigate the grocery store check out the EWG’s Food Scores database and mobile app.
With more than 80,000 foods and 5,000 ingredients from 1,500 brands you are sure to gain some great insight on what your family is consuming.
You might think the food industry has your best interests at heart, but it’s safer for you and your family to do your own homework and make educated decisions for yourself.