People’s interest in healthy eating has seen an enormous rise in the last decade. Food manufacturers obviously became aware of this, and in the interest of keeping costs low and profits high, found ways to use healthy eating slogans to make their food products sound a lot healthier than they actually are. We want you to be aware of these traps so you don’t fall into them!
No trans fat
Whenever you see this, check the ingredients to make sure there are no hydrogenated fats or margarine in the product; the absence of trans fats doesn’t mean that the product contains no unhealthy fats.
Made without preservatives
This tag has been slapped onto all manner of food and drink to make us think the manufacturer is concerned about our wellbeing, so we can buy their product with confidence that it will be of no detriment to our health. Just remember, if you know something is going to clog your arteries don’t expect it to do any different when it’s made without preservatives.
No artificial colors or flavors
The caveat here is similar to the one above concerning preservatives. Just because you see this doesn’t mean you’ve got healthy food.
Made with 100% fruit juice
Fruit juice itself is healthy, but this slogan gives us the impression that the entire product must be healthy, so we may buy the product without finding out what else is in it, and exactly what percentage of it constitutes fruit juice.
No sugar added
Whenever you see this, check the ingredients to be sure there are no artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, or a glucose-fructose blend of some kind. The latter are far more detrimental than sugar to those with weight loss goals.
Ok. So what was used to make this happen. MSG is a flavor enhancer that is very common in processed foods and is widely used in restaurants. Just remember that wholesome foods do not need the flavor enhanced.
Nutritional content from foods with this slogan can be suspect as it denotes that these are not natural source vitamins. You’ll be far better off getting your nutrients through fresh food, this applies equally to those who are in the process of losing weight, who often rely on ‘meal replacements’ instead of real food.