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3 TRICKS TO IDENTIFY CRAPPY FOODS.

Unhealthy foods are like the bad, hot guy we all fell for at least once, (at least). They have some serious ways when it comes to making their way into our lives. Here’s the thing, they are both professionals in marketing themselves; use of confusing and complicated verbiage, attractive to the eye,  seemingly harmless, you get the idea.

If you are looking to start making wiser food choices to own your wellness and take control over what you put into your body,  here are three very simple tricks  you can use to avoid being deceived by the bad guys next time you walk down the aisle… at the supermarket.

TRICK #ONE

1.  Would the item look cozy in the cleaning product aisle?
I’m serious. Color gives it all away. Here’s what I mean:Cleaning vs WaterYes, practically interchangeable. Scary, right? Drinks with funky cleaning product-like colors are usually filled with artificial (and very harmful) dyes, sugar, and other chemicals – none of that makes you healthier. Take Vitamin Water ‘Orange’ for example. First of all, there is NO ORANGE in it. What’s up with that. And secondly, each bottle contains over 30 grams of sugar. That’s nearly 8 teaspoons of the white stuff. Ew. If you wouldn’t sit down and eat 8 teaspoons of sugar out of the jar, why would you drink it? That’s right. You wouldn’t!

Unless you are into quenching your thirst with purple multi-purpose cleaners,  stay off anything that looks like it. And this is not only limited to drinks. Look at breakfast cereals (hello Fruit Loops, Trix and friends), gelatin and frosted cookies/cakes that resemble neon disco lights.

TRICK #TWO

1. Look at the label. Do the ingredients sound like something Harry Potter would say while hold a magic wand?
Aaah,  label reading. We know we ought to look at labels if we want to make wiser food choices, but let’s be honest, understanding them is tough. And time consuming.  So, put simply, all you need to know is that unhealthy, highly processed foods will be filled with unknown, unpronounceable words. LOTS OF THEM.  And they will sound like magic spells cast by Harry Potter & co.

Spell Books

Bottom line: If your mind doesn’t understand it, why would your body?

QUESTION 3

3. Is the item proclaiming itself as ‘healthy’? ‘low fat’, ‘no sugar’ and the like? 
Have you ever met people who constantly say are ‘cool’, ‘nice’ or  ‘smart’? Have you noticed they are regularly…not? It’s the same here. Cool people don’t need to tell everyone they are cool and the same applies to food.

Take the below example, which I took directly from Dannon’s official website. Danone

You see all the NON FAT, 99% FAT FREE, and FRUIT (with a pretty green leaf)? That’s intended for us to perceive the item as healthy. Except that tiny container has 24 grams of sugar. So, 6 teaspoons. 6!

We have been told for years to avoid fat at all costs, but, please know,  FAT DOESN’T MAKE YOU FAT. Just as eating broccoli doesn’t make you green, and beef doesn’t make you moo. Of course we have to make wise choices when it comes to fat. But if the fat was placed there initially by nature, it has a purpose. I will get more into that on another post later. Otherwise you would have to sit there reading until tomorrow.

So there it goes. I hope it helps! Those were the questions t I asked myself when I first started taking control of my well being. Now I read labels for fun 🙂

Until soon,

Mariana.