Avoid theses “Health Foods” if You Want be Healthy

There’s an old saying that if someone goes out of their way to tell you how honest they are, it’s almost a sure sign they are not. With health foods, particularly those making health claims on the labels, the same often applies. Here are just a few things you’ll find on food labels that are truly deceptive.

  • The Zero Trans Fat Lie. A zero trans fat product can legally contain up to .5 grams of trans fat per serving? The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition estimates that at least 30,000 premature deaths per year in the United States can be attributed to the consumption of trans fats.If a product has any partially hydrogenated oil, it has trans fat.

  • Sugar-Free. A sugar-free product can legally contain up to .5 grams of sugar per serving, it can contain sugar alcohols, sugar substitutes, and all kinds of other nastiness. With the exception of high fat and high protein snacks like nuts and seeds, sugar-free anything is usually a sign to stay away.

  • The Fat Free Myth. A fat-free product can legally contain up to .5 grams of fat per serving, and since we know that healthy fats are one of the best things you could be eating, why would you want something free of it anyway? Most fat-free products replace fats with sugars, and sugar is immediately dangerous.

  • The Gluten-Free Conspiracy. A gluten-free product can legally contain up to 20 ppm of gluten.This level may be safe for many individuals but some individuals are sensitive at just 5 ppm.So if you have gluten issues and your diet includes “gluten-free” products and you are not getting better, this may be an avenue to explore.

The best foods are on the ones that contain one ingredient and have no packaging and no labels. Fresh foods, the items along the peripheries of the grocery store are the things you should focus on. Avoid the so-called “health foods” and instead, eat all-natural foods that you already know intuitively are great for you.