Food fools

Today is April fools day , known as well in France as Poisson d’Avril…

Nowadays, with this healthy trend going on, grocer’s shelf codes add an overload of information for healthy and nutritious products labels. For instance, one may see these “healthy attributes” such as organic, local, natural and so forth. So what happens is for many consumers it all just looks healthy. But many times, consumers cannot make the difference because they simply do not read the nutrition labelson products. This is the trick!

For today, let’s focus on type of foods that can fool us. Many foods may be labeled as “made with real…” but what does that really mean? It may signify that it contains either 80 % of the specific product or 5% of it. Basically, foods don’t have to contain a specific amount of ingredients to be labeled “made with…”

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Wheat Bread: whole-grain wheat is better than refined wheat, in that it contains naturally occurring nutrients and fiber. Manufacturers refer to refined flour as “wheat flour” because, somehow, it’s made of wheat. A shopper can easily mistake this label for “whole wheat flour” and throw it in his/her grocery bag.

Canned Products: A half-cup serving of canned string beans has approximately 400 milligrams of sodium. Half a cup of Campbell’s Chicken noodle soup has 890 milligrams of sodium. This is too much salt, it represents 37 % of the recommended daily allowance. So find the ones with no added salt.

Peanut Butter. Many companies feel compelled to add sugar or high fructose corn syrup into the mix. Some manufacturers, such as Skippy, used additives to create their “Peanut Butter Spread,” while others speak of their sugary mixture as good old “peanut butter.”

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Salad: You would think that a grilled chicken salad would be healthier than a cheeseburger; well, not necessarily true. Some restaurant salads are topped with everything from creamy dressings to bacon etc…and can have more fat and calories than a juicy burger!

Fat-free salad dressing: Dressing, is supposed to be fatty, thus very high in calorie. Using a little bit provides the fats you need for a nutritionally balanced diet. Unfortunately, people prefer to buy fat-free versions and use a tremendous amount in their greens. Nonetheless, the excess of dressings substitutes the fat with carbs, salt, and unsaturated fat.

You must ask yourself:

Have I been fooled? How am I supposed to know which food to look out for?

Below are some tips to avoid being fooled by certain foods

  1. Slow down when you read the label. That word “whole” is an important one.
  2. Look up nutrition information on restaurant websites and menus in order to make informed choices.
  3. For canned, when in doubt, go frozen
  4.  Take a look at what ingredients are really most prevalent in the product nutrition fact label!
  5. Make your salad in a container that can be sealed, add a tiny bit of dressing, and shake it up.
Check this short clip on how to read labels

 Hope you are enjoying your April Fools Day 🙂 Don’t joke too much!


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