Is That Food Really Healthy, Or Just Pretending To Be Healthy?

Another View of the Cereal Box Wall

Modern day marketing by the food industry has caused quite a bit of confusion about what types of foods are really healthy, and which foods are only marketed as healthy. As you walk down the grocery store aisles, it is easy to see that there are many health claims on the boxes of the processed foods.

“All Natural”
“Whole Grain”
“Fortified With Vitamins and Minerals”
“Fat Free”
“Low Carb”
“100 Calories”

These claims are printed on the boxes to make consumers believe that they are buying foods that are good for their health, but a close inspection of the nutrition labels often prove otherwise. For example:

  • “All Natural” foods that contain ingredients such as MSG or high fructose corn syrup.
  • “Whole Grain” products which are highly processed (removing the health benefits of whole grain) and filled with sugar.
  • Processed foods are commonly “fortified with vitamins and minerals” simply because the product contains absolutely no nutrition without adding the vitamins.
  • “Fat Free” products are often filled with a ridiculous amount of sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners.

It is important that you read the ingredient list before falling for these claims, because you will often see that there are unhealthy and unnatural ingredients added to the prepackaged foods.

These are just a few quick examples of false advertising in the food industry, because most of the foods that are being advertised really are not very healthy for you. In fact, some of the healthiest foods available do not have these claims, simply because these healthy foods don’t come pre-packaged in a box.

Whole, natural foods don’t need these crazy marketing claims added on their packaging, because they are healthy as they are in their natural form and no processing is needed before they are sold. Eating food in its most natural, least processed form is the best way to know that it will support your health.

Stay tuned, because the next few blog posts will go into more details about these false advertising claims, be sure to subscribe to my RSS feed to be updated when new blog posts are added.

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