The Importance of Checking Food Labels


The Importance of Checking Food Labels

The Importance of Checking Food Labels

If you could see me at the supermarket, you would probably laugh. I literally check the food and nutritional label for every single thing I buy. It might seem dumb but unfortunately as the health and fitness industry becomes larger and larger, so do companies greed for money. They will package things however they want in order to get your money so BE CAREFUL! Here are the 3 tips that I always keep in mind when buying groceries:

1. Check the sugar content. Yummy foods that often seem healthy (and even have the words NO SUGAR ADDED or EAT THIS IT’S GOOD FOR YOU scribbled all over the box) are often loaded with sugar. Muesli for example. Packed with sugar. While I’m not telling you to stop eating these foods, just be mindful that some seemingly healthy breakfast cereals have the same amount of sugar in them as a chocolate bar.

2. Low carb doesn’t always mean healthy. Every week I see a new product pop up in a low carb version of something that’s been on everyone’s grocery list for years. Firstly, good complex carbs are good for you so I don’t see why you would want to buy low carb things and secondly, low carb often means high fat. If you take bread or even “healthy cupcakes” for example. The ingredients that would have been used to up the carb amount is often replaced with almond meal. Almond meal is incredibly high in fat. While almond meal is a healthy alternative, when people see “low carb” they immediately think healthy and virtually calorie free and tend to over indulge so just remember that while you’re lowering your carbs, you’re probably increasing your fat.

3. Just because something says it’s healthy, doesn’t mean it is. Check the ingredient list. I love the health food aisle at the supermarket. Its like a mecca of yummy food that I don’t feel bad about buying. But unfortunately, this is where companies try trick us into believing things are healthy even though they aren’t. This one goes back to the sugar point as well. Often the ingredient will contain words that you don’t understand. These are hidden sugars, additives and chemicals that affect the way our bodies process foods.

4. Check the serving size. Seems silly, I know but you’d be surprised at how small a serving size can be. Things like a chocolate bar is often split into 2 sometimes 3 servings and sometimes a “serving” can be 10g and depending on what you’re eating, that could be next to nothing.

I’m not saying you have to live off vegetables and completely unprocessed foods for the rest of your life. I’m just saying be mindful of what your putting into your body, shop smart and just be aware. Don’t fall for the tricks that packaging plays on you.

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