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Food Frauds to Lookout For!

By Sara Butler

When it comes to nutrition, enjoying things in moderation is usually sound advice. But you just can’t get away from the fact that there are some things that should never go anywhere near your mouth! There are actually thousands of ingredients that sneak into your food that are actually not food at all. Here are a few food frauds you should be on the lookout for!

Cheese that’s Not Cheese

Don’t confuse cheese making with cheese faking. There are many brands of not-quite cheese on the shelves but luckily for you, they’re pretty easy to spot. Anything labeled as a “pasteurized cheese snack” is full of emulsifiers, oil, and fillers that are not good for you. Processed cheese doesn’t belong on your grocery list!

Mayonnaise that isn’t Mayonnaise

Mayonnaise isn’t good for you; that’s fairly common knowledge. But do you know what’s even worse for you? Fake mayonnaise. Anything next to your trusty mayonnaise that's labeled as “dressing” is actually soybean oil, water, and vinegar – mostly. It’s also chock full of high fructose corn syrup, sugar, salt, and preservatives that will leave your tongue tied. You don’t need mayonnaise – imposter or not – in your life!

Chocolate Imposters!

Surely a chocolate chip cookie by any other name is not as sweet? That may not be what old Will Shakespeare had in mind but any labeled as chocolate “flavored” is a big red flag. In order for something to qualify as chocolate, the Food and Drug Administration requires it to contain cocoa butter. These cheap substitutes use vegetable oil instead, which is just code for the dreaded trans fat. So if you really want cookies, you’re far better off baking your own!

Caramel that isn’t Caramel

Sure, that caramel syrup may look like caramel but it’s not! Industrial caramel is a far cry from the kind you can make at home with a sugar base. In fact, it’s mostly caramel coloring that makes it look like the real thing, and coloring is made in a process that uses ammonia, some of which are known carcinogens. The worst part is that companies don’t have to disclose whether or not they use ammonia in their coloring, so it’s best to just stick with homemade caramel: besides, it tastes better!

Make sure the food your eating isn't a fraud -- always read the ingredient list!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Albuquerque, N.M.

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