I was at the grocery store (supermarket) yesterday and had to shake my head because of the smart misleading food labeling that is everywhere. In every aisle, I’ve seen tons of products claiming all kinds of things that are supposedly “healthy” but actually aren’t. This is the worst deception in food marketing.
One of the things I noticed that really bothered me was that I saw several examples of healthy foods in their natural state, while also noticing overly processed counterfeit versions of these original foods claiming that they were healthier than the natural version.
However, in reality all of these fake versions were actually A LOT worse for you than the original… and they still have the guts to claim that their over-processed “junkified” versions are better.
The sad thing is that millions of people fall into the trap of this deceptive food marketing every day. Here are a few examples that I noticed:
Example 1: product claiming to be “Better than peanut butter”
This product is ridiculous! I can’t believe anyone can believe that this processed junk is better for them than natural little processed peanut butter.
First of all, if you buy a good natural organic peanut butter, it’s usually very simply just two ingredients … peanuts and salt. And they don’t add a lot of salt, so it’s not a high sodium product.
However, this counterfeit peanut butter that claimed it was “better than peanut butter” (trying to sound healthier than natural peanut butter based on its label claims) contained a waste list. transformed that you wouldn’t believe. First of all, they strip all the natural healthy fats from peanuts to make them a “low fat” product. Okay, now you’ve just taken one of the healthiest parts out of peanut butter … the healthy appetite-satisfying fats you need to control cravings and manage higher blood sugar levels. stable in your body.
To make matters worse, healthy fats have been replaced with 2 different types of sugar syrups as well as additional dehydrated cane juice (aka SUGAR), in addition to the added refined starches (in case you didn’t have enough. blood sugar spiking refined carbohydrates again).
This product has taken something as simple and natural as peanut butter, and turned it into what you should really call some kind of processed treat. Still, they claim it’s healthier for you than peanut butter. And somehow they get away with fooling the masses like that on their label. Don’t be their fool!
Example 2: product claiming to be “better than eggs”.
I won’t be as detailed on this one because I recently went into the details of this whole topic in another issue of Ezine.
Basically, this product is just egg whites with a bunch of chemical colors, flavors, and other nonsense, including artificially added vitamins.
Again, this product basically messed up a good thing by removing the healthiest part … the YELLOWS! And yes, the yolks ARE the healthiest part of the egg. Anyone who tells you otherwise doesn’t understand much about real nutrition. The important thing to look for in quality whole eggs is cage-free and organic.
Most people don’t realize that almost all of an egg’s quality nutrition is found in the yolks. The majority of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and trace elements are found in the yolks, not the whites. Even the protein in the blanks is not as high quality in terms of bioavailability without the amino acid profile of the yolk that complements the amino acid profile of the blanks.
And no, the cholesterol in eggs isn’t bad for you … it actually increases your good cholesterol more than bad cholesterol, thus improving your overall profile. And the fats in whole eggs are also balanced and healthy for you.
Bottom line … whole eggs are healthier than egg whites. It’s not even a close comparison. Label claims are just another example of food marketing deception.
Example # 3: A product claiming to be “better than butter”.
It was basically crappy margarine that’s loaded with highly processed and deadly trans fats, but it had the nerve to claim it was “better than butter.”
Do not fall into the trap !
Even poor quality butter is better for you than any margarine on the market. A problem with butter are the pesticides and hormones that are commonly found in poorly bred cows.
For this reason, it’s always a good choice to go with organic butter, and if you can find grass-fed butter, I would even say it may be healthy for you. Grass-fed butter is richer in the natural form of beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). In fact, adding a little butter to your steamed vegetables helps your body absorb more of the vitamins and minerals from the vegetables.
Plus, due to the stable saturated fat content in butter, it makes butter one of the best oils for cooking. Oils high in polyunsaturated fats such as soy, corn, safflower (and even flax) are the worst for cooking due to the very unstable nature of their chemistry. I have a full article on the healthiest oils for cooking and which ones aren’t based on their chemistry.
Another point … the saturated fat in butter is NOT bad for you. We have beaten a dead horse with this topic in previous articles, but again more detailed articles on this topic can be found on my site.
You can find dozens of other articles on all of these controversial health and fitness topics on my website below. To your good health!