These four labels are just the newest trend when it comes to dieting. In a 2013 survey, 30% of Americans said to try eating gluten free. Although this might be beneficial according to new research, gluten-free food can still be junk food.
Gluten free cookies for examples are not much better than normal cookies. The probably contain the same amount or, even more, sugar, which is even worse.
That’s the problem with any labelled diet. It gets abused. There’s organic junk food, vegan junk food and paleo junk food.
Before those labels got the attention of the public, there were other labels like “low fat”, “sports-anything”, etc.
Another trend of disguising junk foods as healthy alternatives happens through all the new sugar replacements. Agave nectar, rice syrup, and 54 other names.
Since sugar has become the enemy of many (but not enough) people, big cooperations try to hide it in any way possible.
If you want to be sure you are not eating disguised junk food you should check the label before buying it. First check the ingredient list. A common guideline is to not buy anything with 5 or more ingredients or with an ingredient you can’t even spell.
Your second look should go towards the sugar content, which will be surprising very often. Some BBQ sauces or salad dressing or even ketchup have 25% or more sugar in them.
In order to help you to upgrade your sense for disguised junk food I’ll list the most common ones below:
- Pre-made salad dressing
- Fruit juices
- Any label mentioned above.
- Anything that says “healthy” or “energizing” on the front of the package.
I don’t know the actual percentage, but I guess that many people just buy those kinds of foods, because the food marketers did a good job.
They try anything to get you to buy their product.
Remember: Healthy food doesn’t need a label that says healthy, although this might be a good method of increasing the percentage of healthy foods in any diet.
Steps to take:
- Don’t fall into the “label trap”
- Check the ingredients of your foods.