What Ingredients To Avoid When Reading Food Labels
Posted Oct 02 2008 4:23pm
If you are a person that is conscious about what you eat, you will no doubt have come across a lot of nutrition information that is displayed on most of the favorite foods that you buy. Hopefully, this nutrition information is helping you make informed decisions about what to buy and what to leave there on the shelf.
I believe that as we move into the future, more and more Americans will begin to pay attention to the labels and begin to understand what ingredients are good and which ones are to be avoided. This will be a MUST for the people who seem to be hoovering on the obesity line and dangling between wanting to be healthy and actually making an effort to get there.
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Where can you get good nutrition information online? There are a bunch of great websites but one that you might want to look at first would be www.nutrition.gov. This site brings information to you from the US Department of Agriculture as well as the National Agricultural Library and is designed to give you resources on all facets of human nutrition for consumers.
You can learn about the latest news with regard to dietary guidelines for different ages, daily recommended servings, the Food Guide Pyramid and the best methods to get the required foods into your daily diet.
The best part is that it's not all that difficult to include the proper foods into your diet and there is nothing complicated about it. A big part of being healthy is that you must have the required nutrition information from a reliable source.
At Diet Health and Fitness, we recommend you look for a nutritionist in your area and speak with them as well. The only way you're going to get on the track to health is if you reach out and find the needed information to get your diet in order. Sometimes the internet can be helpful with providing sites and information on creating a healthy diet and sometimes it may be better to grab an actual hardcover book from a bookstore instead.
If you are serious about learning about the food you're eating and how to live healthier, change your diet and find more resources to living a natural, healthy life we recommend you grab this book Natural Cures by Kevin Trudeau. This book will 'wake' you up to the truth about the food in our country, I guarantee it.
Since there is a lot to learn about when it comes to great health, including the benefits of certain herbs, taking multi-vitamins and even daily supplements, we realize you can't learn everything overnight.
We would recommend that you should, whenever possible, consume your nutrients from natural foods instead of consuming those that are manufactured. (Pretty much stay away food that is made by publicly traded companies because the processing of the food by these companies is actually what's creating health problems for so many Americans. It stems from the chemicals and preservatives they add - it's not good for your body. It's not natural. These chemicals are what's causing weight gain and a multitude of other health issues in more and more people every single day.)
As of now, nutrition information is a federal requirement that must be displayed on the food labels which can then be used by consumers to plan their diets. This is important because many people are generally ignorant about what is contained in the foods that we consume, and even though there are also many that do not care to check the nutrition information, it is still the best means of planning a healthy diet.
Being conscious about eating healthy is something that we should all take seriously and it pays to check the nutrition information to weed out those foods from our diet that contain too many additives or whose food preparation process is detrimental to good health.
With that in mind, here are a few ingredients you need to STAY AWAY FROM when you're reading the food labels in the grocery store...
* Aspartame (NutraSweet and Splenda) - these are artificial sweeteners found in sodas and diet sodas which actually make people gain weight. Aspartame (Nutrasweet and Splenda) is also chemically addicting and should have been banned by the FDA years ago and never allowed in the production of food in this country. Click this link to find out the Truth About Splenda.
* High Fructose Corn Syrup - is used by manufacturers for two reasons. First, it is very inexpensive. Secondly, it makes you fatter than the other sweeteners they could use. (If you didn't figure it out yet, food companies make money by selling more food. Chemicals and preservatives make people physically addicted to the foods and therefore come back to buy more week in and week out. The food industry is like every other industry in the world - it's all about money.) Needless to say, stay away from high fructose corn syrup and don't get hooked. Take a peek at this book The Sugar Fix.
* MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) - is a form of rat poison and can be found in Chinese food and many canned foods such as soups and sauces. MSG causes headaches, asthma, heart irregularities, depression and ADD/ADHD. Please grab a copy of this book In Bad Taste, The MSG Complex and get the facts.
You can also use the Food Guide Pyramid found at www.nutrition.gov as a good starting point to plan your diet. It states the basics of what we should consume on a regular basis and you can use it to make necessary adjustments to your diet so that you meet your weight goals and also keep to the proper levels of calorie intake.
Well, there you have it, keep a watchful eye on the food labels at the grocery store from now on and keep learning about the way food is produced in this country and we promise you the benefits of great health will be worth the effort.