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Food Facts You Need to Know

By Sara Butler

The history of many foods, and how they ended up on the shelves at the grocery store, is quite fascinating. Of course, it's not simply the history of foods that matter, but what you're actually getting when you buy something that really counts when it comes to your health and wellness. Here are a few food facts you need to be aware of so you can continue to make healthy choices for your family.

Your Olive Oil May Not Be Olive Oil

How much time do you really spend discerning the olive oil on the shelves before you buy it? Probably not very much! You simply assume that the extra virgin olive oil in your pantry is exactly what it says it is, but you might be getting fooled!

Some oil labeled as EVOO could actually be a mix of different types of oil to dilute it. That's why you should always look at the ingredients list of any food you buy, avoid olive oil in clear containers, and understand that if the price of that EVOO seems too good to be true, then it probably is!

Is Your Tuna Really Tuna?

Seafood can often be mislabeled. In fact, studies have found that up to one-third of the fish in restaurants wasn't actually the fish it was labeled as. Often, cheaper fish is labeled as better, more expensive fish. Red snapper and tuna seem to be the biggest blunders, so be careful what you order -- you may not be getting what you think.

Farm-Raised Salmon May Be Dyed

Farm-raised salmon may not be the best choice of salmon out there. Most experts agree that wild-caught Alaskan salmon is the gold standard -- and for more reasons than you may realize. Wild salmon is naturally pink and it's the color many people search for in a nice piece of salmon. But farm-raised salmon tend to be gray or white, so the farmers add dyes to diets of the fish to make them look just like their wild-caught brethren and to make them more appealing to customers.

Your Orange Juice May Be Artificial

Have you ever had real, fresh-squeezed orange juice and wondered why it tastes so different than the mass-produced OJ you buy at the store? Well, the truth may be that many orange juice brands artificially flavor their orange juice to make the flavor last longer on the shelf.

Foods aren't always what they appear to be, so do your research on your food choices to make sure they're the right ones.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in South Jordan, Utah.

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