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Here's Why You Should Always Read the Ingredient List



The supermarket is full of packaged foods. And a lot of these packaged foods contain health claims on the front of them. But these claims, such as "heart healthy" and "all natural" are used for marketing purposes and should not be taken at face value. That's why I suggest that you always read the label on the back of the package.


It's easy to get hoodwinked when grocery shopping. Companies want to make money. And they can only make money when you purchase their products. So sometimes their health claims can be misleading.


Lets take this box of Fruit Loops for example. I'm pretty sure that if you're visiting this site, you're not one to purchase Fruit Loops. But it's just an example, so bare with me.



The average mom might go to the store looking for a quick and healthy breakfast option for her children. Right there on the front of the box, it claims that this cereal is a good source of vitamin D (20% of your total daily value in one serving!!! - or your could just go outside and get some sunshine instead). It also claims that this cereal is made with whole grains, which are a good source of fiber, and natural fruit flavors. But if you flip the box over, you get a different story.


The first ingredient in Fruit Loops is sugar. This means that there's more sugar in this cereal than any other ingredient. The next ingredient is a corn flour blend (GMO corn, I'm sure, but the label is not up front about this). This stuff also contains wheat flour and oat flour, which come from two heavily sprayed crops. So the likelihood of this cereal containing a hearty dose of glyphosate is very probable. You'll also find partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (pure poison) in here from coconut, soybean and/or cottonseed. And, if it's not obvious from the picture on the front, this cereal contains a lot of food dye. But nowhere on the back label does it mention anything about the fruits that are supposedly supplying "natural fruit flavor". This cereal is bad news and is a recipe for metabolic disorders.


Again, this is just an example of how food marketing can fool you. Plus, this stuff is not expensive, so it appeals to those who cannot afford true healthy options.


Another reason to read food labels is because food manufactures can change up their ingredients and formulas without informing you. I mean, technically the label is the informant. But they aren't expecting most shoppers to read those. So if you're someone like me with severe food sensitivities, you'll want to check the label of everything every time you shop. Yes, this is more time-consuming. But if you have a little one with a severe egg allergy, for example, and all of the sudden the ingredients list changes to include eggs, you'll want to know that.


So please read the labels. Be an informed shopper. Don't let food marketing and fancy health claims fool you.

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Hey there! I'm Stephanie, a functional nutritional therapy practitioner, restorative wellness practitioner, certified holistic health coach, and educator. I teach individuals how to take back their health with real food so they can finally get to the root cause of dysfunction and restore wellness within themselves. I reside in Boise, Idaho where I enjoy spending lots of time outdoors, drinking copious amounts of tea, cuddling with cats and reading good books. 

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