Don't Be Fooled by Food Industry Buzz Words

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Desperate to lose weight, you recently launched a healthy eating plan. You meticulously created a grocery shopping list of healthy ingredients to prepare meals at home with. At the supermarket, you quickly become overwhelmed. Trying to decipher the flurry of food industry buzz words such as reduced fat, gluten free, and natural listed on food products makes your head spin. If you can relate to this scenario, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, some people make purchasing decisions solely based on inappropriate, if not downright deceptive, advertising.

To make smart purchasing decisions at the grocery store, understanding the meanings of food industry buzz words is crucial. For instance, reduced fat means a product consists of 25 percent less fat than a previous version of it. So, a product touting reduced fat might actually still be loaded with waistline expanding, and cholesterol elevating, saturated and trans fats. Manufacturers also often add extra sodium and sugar to reduced fat products to make up for a loss of flavor.

Gluten free products are extremely trendy nowadays. However, unless you’re sensitive to gluten, you might not derive any health benefits from purchasing gluten free foods. And, purchasing gluten free options can drastically increase your grocery bill. When shopping for healthy foods, you might want to especially be wary of products boasting the word natural. Because the United States Food and Drug Administration, FDA, hasn’t developed a definition for the word natural, food manufacturers can define it however they see fit. 

At the grocery store, don’t rely on food industry buzz words to help you make healthy food purchases. Instead of focusing on these sometimes misleading claims, shop for real, healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean sources of protein. These items are typically located along the perimeter sections of the supermarket. To discover more healthy grocery shopping tips, consider scheduling a free, initial appointment with a consultant at a Metabolic Research Center in your neighborhood.


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