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Are You Eating These Fake Foods?

By Sara Butler

Everyone aims to eat foods that are real. Not that some foods are imaginary, but sometimes convenience wins out over deep thought. You probably know that processed foods aren’t the best choice for your health but assume that sometimes you simply have no choice when you’re on the road. Some convenience foods try to masquerade as foods that are healthy but are really just full of artificial flavors and colors. They provide little actual nutrition. Here are some of the biggest fake foods out there -- foods you should try to avoid at all costs.

Processed Cheese Product

The product part of this should be a dead giveaway, but in case you were under the impression that processed cheese was an all right choice, let us set the record straight for you.

The first thing to notice about a lot of processed cheese is that it’s labeled as a “cheese product” or “singles.” They call it that because the ratio of real cheese to artificial ingredients means they can’t legally label it cheese. The FDA requires any processed cheese that is 51 percent or less cheese can’t be labeled simply as cheese.

Opt for natural cheese that comes from a wheel instead of the kind that comes in plastic, individually wrapped slices.


Have you ever bought imitation crab meat or krab? Well, it should come as no surprise to learn that it’s not actually crab. Imitation crabmeat is mostly made of the fish Alaskan Pollock, minced into a paste and then blended with fillers such as starch, salt, and sugar. It’s then dyed and cut into shapes to resemble crab meat, which doesn’t paint the most appetizing picture. It’s often high in sodium, artificial flavoring, and MSG.

Instant Potatoes

Potatoes are actually really good for you, but instant potatoes are not. They may contain dehydrated potato flakes but they’re also full of emulsifiers, trans fat, and preservatives that are not healthy. In reality, creating your own mashed potatoes isn’t that difficult. You should always opt for real spuds rather than the chemical-laden artificial kind!

Food imposters are lurking around every corner. You have to learn what to look for to identify a food as a fake food that you should give a pass to. You're much better off going with food that is real and most importantly, filled with nutrients your body needs to be healthy. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo.

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