Centuries ago – food was…well food! Vegetables grew from mineral-rich soil and fruits were picked right from the tree. Animals were pasture-raised and water was pure.
Fast forward to today – other than the fact that we call it the same thing; the food we consume in our modern day culture bears little resemblance to the whole foods of yesteryear. The addictive processed foods of today are filled with artificial colors, flavors, chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics, and now genetically modified organisms (GMO’s). Yuk!!! They’re also laden with salt, unhealthy Trans fats, and ridiculous amounts of sugar, which are all detrimental to our health.
Chemicals are used in every step of the process that puts food on our table: production, processing, packing, and transport, and some of these chemicals remain in our food and may persist in our bodies for decades to come.
Preservatives are added to almost all processed foods and unfortunately we don’t fully understand all of the long-term effects on our health because synthetic additives are a relatively new invention. So basically we are playing Russian roulette with our health…and ultimately our lives. No wonder we are having such a hard time keeping our weight under control, staying fit and healthy, and enjoying an energetic vibrant life.
It can be challenging making nutritious healthy choices amid the dizzying array of food options. One way to make better choices is to read food labels. Here are 2 tips to help you make healthier selections:
- Look at the first 3 ingredients as these will indicate the majority of what’s contained in the product. If one of the first 3 ingredients is enriched flour (chemically enriched because it has been processed and stripped of its nutrients), sugar, corn syrup, or any chemical you can’t pronounce or have never heard of…you’re looking at a very unhealthy product…do your body and health a favor and put it back on the shelf!
- Look at the serving size, as the nutritional information found on the food label is based on one serving of that particular food. For example, a product may look healthy as the label may indicate that it has only 100 calories and only 5 grams of fat, but if you look closely at the number of servings, it may state three or even more. That means that if you were to eat the entire package, you would be getting at least three times the amount shown on the food label – 300 calories and 15 grams of fat. Now that seemingly low-calorie, low-sugar food has the calories and fat of an entire meal!
The more you know, the better choices you can make for you and your family and the healthier and happier your life will be. Learn more about my Health Coaching Program