Five Ways to Spot Junk Food in Disguise
In times past, it was much easier to tell which foods were actually nutritious and which were not. Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.
In today's world of deceptive junk food claims, it has become imperative to your health for you to ignore the claims on the front of the package and rely on the Nutrients Fact Label to determine what's inside. Many food manufacturers use misleading labeling techniques to convince people that unhealthy ingredients are in fact healthy and good for them.
Following are five key ways to spot junk food masquerading as healthy food.
- Sugar in Disguise - Most people know that sucrose, fructose, maltose, dextrose, galactose and high fructose corn syrup are unhealthy. However, some seemingly healthy substitutes for these chemicals can be equally or even more unhealthy. These include brown rice syrup, agave nectar and cane juice.
- Processed "Low Fat" and "Fat Free" - All processed foods are bad for you to a certain degree. However, low fat and fat free foods are often unhealthier than regular foods. This is because food manufacturers add extra sugar to make up for the lack of taste caused by the removal of fat. In fact, you are better off eating foods with saturated fat than you are eating low fat and/or fat free foods.
- Processed "Organic Foods" - Adding some organic food items to processed foods do not make processed foods healthy. Always look at the ingredient list before buying anything that has been labeled as being organic to make sure that it is in fact made of healthy ingredients.
- "Genetically Modified" Whole Wheat - Whole wheat used to be healthy. Unfortunately, this can no longer be assumed to be the case. While there are different types of whole wheat, the most common type today is genetically engineered via cross breeding and manipulation, making it a bad option for anyone who wants to stay fit and healthy.
- Processed "Vegan Foods" - Given the fact that eating meat can greatly increase the risk of getting certain types of cancer, it is not surprising that many people are turning to vegetarian and vegan foods. However, many of these foods are highly processed and contain harmful chemicals that are just as deadly as those found in various types of meat.
If you are concerned about your health, watch out for subtle forms of junk food. This is best done by researching the subject and reading the ingredient list carefully before purchasing any type of food.
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