The Misleading Consumption Habits of Healthy Foods
As health and wellness becomes of increasing value in the United States, we are seeing many different stakeholders in this space change their approach to their operations. One of the more active stakeholders that has been changing its operations to better accommodate a population that is trying to improve its health and wellness is the food production sector.
When you walk down the aisles of your local supermarket or grocery store, you probably see a ton of different products that boast their health benefits right on their label. The mantras of “low calorie,” “fat free,” sugar free,” and so many other are becoming more and more common, and many consumers are turning to these products as a way to look out for their health and wellness and make the right decisions. However, many foods with these seemingly healthy qualities may turn out to bring about the opposite effects for the individuals who purchase them.
What we all need to realize is that food labels can be misleading and can eventually end up harming our health and wellness efforts more than they are helping. When a product says “low fat” for example, we have the tendency to eat more of that food because it is lower in fat than another product. The amount of the food we eat eventually cancels out the low fat principle, making the value of the minimal fat content essentially non-existent.
Additionally, there are so many different chemical processes and ingredient substitutions that have to be used to remove some of these nutrients can be quite dangerous. To remove the sugar from a food completely, there is most likely a substitution of sugar with something else that can be harmful to our health as well as a chemical process that has been used to make the food free of sugar.
There are so many different aspects of the food system that present threats to our health, and we have to do our best to ensure that we are navigating through our food decisions intelligently. If we are not careful we may find that what we are eating is directly contributing to our declining health. Reading food labels and taking their information with a grain of salt is a good first step.
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