Health food label questions answered – don’t miss this!
I heard a commercial on the radio a few days ago when I was driving into work, the woman voicing the commercial said, “Organic, gluten free and natural flavored junk foods are still junk foods.” I thought to myself, “Wow, there is actually hope for the world! That is a major step for that fact to actually be put on the radio.”
The reason I was so excited to hear those words played over the radio, is because it is a battle I fight all too often with clients, family, friends and random strangers whenever they talk to me about what they should be eating. I hear it, probably no less than once a day. Things like, “I thought you said I should be eating organic, these veggie chips say they are organic. What’s wrong with them?” I have also heard, “You told me eating gluten free would help me lose weight. I’m gaining weight.”
Since I hear those two questions the most, I am going to take some time to address them. Potentially, you could be wondering the same things. The first question was pertaining to Organic Veggie Chips. Alright, so just because something says “veggie” on it and then also has the USDA CERTIFIED ORGANIC label stamped on it, that doesn’t mean it is a healthy food. It’s a common tendency for people to connect vegetables and organic together in their brain. Therefore, I really can understand where the confusion comes from. I really do. I (sarcastically) thank the media for that brain washing every day.
Veggie chips are no more than that. They are chips. At some point way back in the production of them, the vegetables used in the product were organic vegetables. But, what most people don’t know is that these vegetables are ground into a very fine powder. The company can at that point still say the product contains an organic vegetable in it, because well, technically, it does. BUT if you read closely, you will see that the vegetable powder is normally listed as some of the last ingredients on the label.
CLICK HERE for an example of a veggie chip nutrition label.
The second question was pertaining to having a gluten free diet. I really do support a gluten free diet. It has made all the difference in so many of my client’s lives. Not only in their weight but with their mental clarity as well. Sure, a cookie can have a label on it that claims for it to be gluten free. But what that cookie doesn’t say is that it is packed with sugar, butter, oils and other garbage that has to be mixed together to take the place of the gluten. Gluten doesn’t make something healthy or not healthy in terms of nutritional value. Gluten often causes swelling and bloating due to certain people’s reactions to it. A cookie is still a cookie no matter what government approved sticker is stuck on it. Don’t let it fool you!
CLICK HERE for an example of the ingredients list for a Gluten-Free cookie.
I hope that if you are like many others in the world who thought they were doing well by eating gluten free foods and organic snacks, that you now know you have to look at more than just the label. My advice? Buy real food, guys. You won’t ever have to question if your fruits and vegetables are gluten free and if you want to buy them organic, even better. You will know that product is 100% healthy, straight to the point organically grown food and there is no catch to it.