Nutrition & Recipes

The Easiest Nutritional Guideline Ever

If you find going to the grocery store stressful or are continually frustrated because you don’t know what to eat to be healthy and lose weight, you’ll really appreciate today’s post!

The Godfather of Fitness, Jack LaLanne, had two very simple rules for nutrition:

“if man made it, don’t eat it” and “if it tastes good, spit it out.”

Shocked woman inspecting a nutrition labelThis is great advice but things have changed since Jack touted his nutrition rules. Tons of people since then have proved that healthy food and meals can be delicious. And more companies today are attempting to meet our health conscious consumer demands.

The key word here is attempting. Don’t believe the marketing hoopla because companies know what we want and try to fool us. We must take personal responsibility for becoming more aware of what “healthy” really means.

We have to laugh at some of the cereal commercials where they promise to lower your cholesterol by consuming their product. “Low fat” could also mean that it’s high in sugar, so when the company says it’s low in cholesterol, it could actually be helping you develop diabetes!

On the same token, “natural” on a package doesn’t necessarily mean it’s natural. If it’s been processed, or depending on how it’s been processed, it isn’t natural.

And what about when a package claims that it’s “free range” or “organic?” Could it be that those chickens have only 5 minutes a day to roam freely in the yard? Or perhaps only one or two of the ingredients in that granola bar are considered organically grown…

If you’re really serious about the quality of your nutrition, it’s always a good idea to research your country’s regulations. Not only do you want to find out what your controlling regulatory body requires of food producers for each of these different methods, you’ll also want to know what marketers are allowed to get away with when choosing what words and claims they place on their labels.

The Easier Way to Determine Healthier Food:

If all that research is too much work, then simply and carefully read your labels, particularly the ingredients list! The simple rule is: if you don’t know what it is or cannot pronounce any of the first 5 ingredients, then don’t buy or consume it.

Have you come across any label reading tips or found out what your country allows food producers and marketers to get away with in their business? Please share so we can all be more informed!

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