Health BuzzwordsPosted: May 23, 2013
I came across the awesomest (not a word, but it should be) picture on Instagram the other day. I feel like I’m always saying on here: “just because it’s [gluten-free] doesn’t mean it’s healthy!” but I wonder if anyone actually hears me, so…
Do you hear me now?!
The media and food manufacturers are constantly bombarding us with all kinds of catchy phrases, like fat-free, low-carb, sugar-free, all-natural, gluten free, organic etc. And a lot of the time, it does exactly what they want it to do: gets you to buy their product.
But the truth is: IT DOESN’T MEAN IT’S GOOD FOR YOU! (Or that it will make you skinner, if that’s what you’re going for.)
When manufacturers take these compounds out of your food, they have to replace it with something else. It’s science. Usually, they replace it with something artificial, and often, the replacement is going to be even worse for you than if they left the original compound in in the first place.
I watched a fabulous documentary on Netflix recently called Hungry For Change, where they discussed this exact topic. In food manufacturing, fat free often means they’ve replaced the fat with sugar. Your body uses sugar for fuel at first, but when you consume more sugar than your body needs (and we all do! most of us in excess), it is converted and stored… as fat. So, while it’s factually correct for companies to say that their food is fat free, it’s also hugely misleading. It may be fat free, but it’s also what’s making you fat.
And in case you think I’m just trying to scare you, listen to this stat from the documentary: The average person eats 150lbs of sugar per year. ONE-HUNDRED-FIFTY POUNDS OF SUGAR PER YEAR.
It’s not fat that makes you fat, people We need fats. It’s sugar that makes you fat. And it’s cheap and easy to make foods that contain sugar. And it’s clever and effective to label something fat-free and not mention the added sugar.
BOOM. They’ve got us.
So don’t be naïve. Don’t believe everything you read/hear/see. Do your research (I totally recommend watching that documentary, to start), and whenever possible, choose real, whole foods over anything that has to be packaged or marketed.
”The simpler I get, the healthier I get. If it’s made in a garden, I eat it. If it’s made in a lab, it takes a lab to digest it. And if it has a shelf life longer than me, I don’t eat it.”