It’s been said that in the 70’s there were about 3,000 to 4,000 packets on supermarket shelves. Fast forward to today and it’s estimated there are about 80,000 packets on supermarket shelves. (The Root Cause)
With so much to choose from how do you make better choices for your health?
Packaged products are a popular solution to time-poor working families, yet convenience comes with a hidden cost.
When it comes to the “Just Eat Real Food” message it’s easy to think of fresh fruit and vegetables. But, when it comes to packaged foods how do we apply the “Just Eat Real Food” philosophy when confronted with an ingredients list?
Have you ever stopped to think about how over processed food can be?
And more importantly what that means in terms of nourishing our bodies and providing the right fuel to get us through the day?
With the boom in packaged foods, our health has suffered. Obesity and Diabetes are on the rise and Behaviour Issues in our children are causing more and more disruption to classroom learning.
A key point to remember is that packaged foods are made in manufacturing plants with ingredients made in chemistry labs. We’ve come a long way from Real Food made from plants using nature.
A simple place to start is thinking about how close the ingredients in a packaged item are to their original state. For example, berries used in fruit bars normally resemble nothing like fresh berries!
Ask yourself: “Would Grandma recognize this as food?”
5 Tips To Decode The Ingredient List:
- Look at the back of the package. Enticing phrases and catchy slogans are just that, marketing ploys to get you to buy their products, turn the packet over and pay attention to what’s on the ingredients list on the back of the packaging. This is where you will find what is ACTUALLY in your food.
- Limit food items with more than 5 ingredients. When purchasing pre-made food items, less is best. A long list of ingredients is usually a sign that the food is highly processed. Also be wary if the first ingredient isn’t what the product is supposed to be.
- Limit foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce. These are processed chemicals added to food items mainly to increase shelf life, change the colouring, or improve the texture or flavour. They do not contribute any added health benefits and need to trigger alarm bells in your thinking.
- Limit foods with sugar in the ingredients. Sugar can hide in ingredient labels under words that end in – ose, like glucose, fructose, and sucrose, and “syrup”, such as corn syrup or brown rice syrup.
- Ask yourself – Can I make this at home? If you can’t, it’s probably not a healthy food. If you can, consider making it yourself at home to avoid the artificial flavours, colourings, preservatives, and chemicals that are often added to premade foods.
Have you ever hit the wall not long after lunch and reached for a coffee or sugar hit to get you through?
If we want to have more energy, be able to function at our best all day long, and be healthy and disease-free then it’s crucial that we re-examine why we eat the foods that we do, and what’s even more important is that we start valuing the health benefits and energy consequences of the foods we eat as much as or more than the taste…
By choosing the freshest food possible you not only provide your body with the nourishment it needs to get you through your entire day, it also strengthens your body to fight dis-ease so you can live longer and healthier.
If you would like a list of common additives and preservatives to avoid in packaged food then send me a message or leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.