It Is Time to Fine Tune Your Junk-Food Radar
While meandering down an aisle of your grocery store, you spot a tempting box of chocolate brownies. Picking up the box, you’re happy to see these decadent looking brownies contain a whopping 15 percent of your daily recommended allowance of fiber. Since you’ve learned fiber helps you feel full longer, you don’t hesitate to drop a box of these brownies in your shopping cart. If you can relate to this scenario, fine tuning your junk-food radar might be in order.
Food manufacturers often employ creative marketing strategies to make their products appear healthier than they really are. Sure, a food manufacturer can add fiber to a box of brownies. Unfortunately, containing a healthy dose of fiber doesn’t necessarily make a sweet treat good for you. In addition to added fiber, a box of brownies might also be packed with waistline expanding sugar, saturated fat, and trans fat. A bottle of fruit punch might boast a beautiful picture of pineapples, bananas, and strawberries on it. However, this refreshing beverage may contain little, if any, actual fruit in it. Grocery store shelves are filled with fat-free offerings. When the fat is removed from these processed foods, other unhealthy ingredients are often added to compensate for the loss of flavor. Sugar is frequently the added ingredient of choice. In order to ascertain whether foods are both diet and health friendly, you need to carefully study nutrition labels and ingredient lists.
Real Food Doesn't Need FDA Labels
Besides painstakingly reading nutrition labels and ingredient lists, think about incorporating more real, whole foods into your diet. When mid-morning, hunger pangs strike, reach for:
- An apple
- An orange
- A banana
- Carrot sticks
- Celery sticks
- Cherry tomatoes
When munching on fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and lean meats, you won’t even need to reference a nutrition label and ingredient list. For help fine tuning your junk-food radar, consider setting up a free, initial consultation with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center near you.
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