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5 Things Snack Food Companies Don’t Want You To Know

5 Things Snack Food Companies Don't Want You To Know

The snack food industry is an economic force, spending billions on advertising and marketing. Unfortunately, most have put money and power above your health.

In general, you probably already know that the majority of snack foods are not particularly healthy. But you may want to avoid them even more if you have important information about their darker side.

Below are 5 things snack food companies don’t want you to know:

1. Minimal Factory Inspections

Each year, 5,000 people die from consuming contaminated food, according to the CDC. But data on FDA inspections suggest that regulators don’t consider snack-food facilities high risk; thus they are less likely than other food plants to be inspected for sanitary violations.

2. Use of Ingredients that are Illegal in other Countriesyoga

Azodicarbonamide, or ADA, is found in roughly 500 packaged foods like cupcakes, crackers and breads. Food makers use the compound to improve texture, but it’s also used in yoga mats, flip-flops and other products. It’s legal to use ADA in foods in the US but such use is banned in the European Union.

3. Energy Bars are Really Dessert Bars

Many consumers have come to see energy bars as a healthy food, but most are nothing more than a highly engineered sugar-delivery system similar to cookies, cake and ice cream. Their ingredient lists look more like candy bars as they often contain high-fructose corn syrup and copious amounts of sugar disguised as dextrose, maltose and fructose; all of which will spike blood sugar levels and make you feel drained and crave more sugars a couple of hours later.

4. “Natural” is Meaningless

The words “natural” or “all-natural” are the most overused and most deceiving words used by food manufacturers. Arsenic and dog poop are natural, but that doesn’t mean we should be eating them!

The USDA, which regulates meat and poultry, defines natural products as those that don’t have artificial colors or ingredients. But the FDA, which regulates other types of food, doesn’t regulate snack-food manufacturers’ use of the words as closely, and therefore they have little or no meaning in food labeling.

5. “Enriched” Means Processed

Whole GrainSnack foods are often advertised as including “enriched” wheat flour. At first glance this looks like a good thing…right? Not really!

Food manufacturers enrich wheat because they refine the grain which strips it of its outer coating where most of the vitamins, minerals and fiber are contained. To make up for the missing nutrients they add chemical substitutes which are less healthy and more difficult for the body to recognize.

As you can see, it’s imperative to be able to distinguish between foods that actually are healthy and those that have fallen victim to well-done marketing ploys. Here are some tips to help you ditch the dangerous processed foods and chose snacks that are good for you.

Healthy Tips:

1. Processed snack foods can’t compare nutritionally to Mother Nature’s treats such as a crisp apple, juicy grapes or a sweet banana…so head for the produce aisle!

2. Learn to scrutinize food labels. While most processed snacks are unhealthy, some are downright detrimental to your health and can easily contribute to heart disease and diabetes and quickly sabotage weight loss efforts. When choosing energy bars look for as few ingredients as possible and if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t eat it.

3. Try adding some raw nuts and seeds to your diet. They are satisfying and loaded with nutrients, protein and fiber. Mix with a small amount of dried fruit for a great snack.

 

Want to learn more about how you can make healthier food and lifestyle choices? Then check out my Health & Wellness Program and start living a Happy Fit & Healthy life today.