Read the ingredients first

Read the ingredients first or instead of the nutritional value because we need to know what’s in our food.  The nutritional value quite honestly doesn’t tell us a whole lot.  You can look at the protein content, you can see how many fats are in a product,  you can even see the calories but what good does that really do?  I believe to my core that all calories are not created equally.  How could it and could the consumer believe that?  If you have a highly processed, packaged substance that shouldn’t be considered a food, and you compare it to a root or something grown fresh from your own garden, do you think if the nutritional value was similar the food would react the same way in your body?  Do you think you’d have the same energy, the same sugar conversion rate inside your body; do you think your body would recognize and utilize better quality food or highly processed food?

I was at a trade show not long ago, and please don’t think I’m ridiculing anyone, I simply believe this is how our society works, which I’d like to shine some light on.  People were walking by with bags of chips, later in the afternoon I finally asked, what are those?  Most responses came back as, ‘they’re chips’, (silly me :)).  I said, no what’s in them, what are they made of?  Unfortunately not one person I asked knew.

Read the ingredients first

Read the ingredients first

Most people knew exactly how many calories, I think it was around 100 cal per serving, most people knew it was gluten free, but again no one I asked knew what the ingredients where which personally I think is more important than anything.  I looked at the ingredients and to be quite honest with you, it was packed with substances we shouldn’t be consuming, like high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, GMO’s like soy, MSG, food coloring and more.

It’s really our obligation to read the ingredients first, to know what substances we’re putting in our bodies isn’t it, if not then who?  If we understood that most companies don’t consider your health then we’d understand because it has ‘100 calories or less’ to get their product that way they don’t use the best ingredients or healthy ones.

Unfortunately many people look to calories before they look to anything else when calories aren’t the problem at all.  The problem is the source of the calories, where their product came from, who manufactured it and what type of company it is.  Unfortunately whole foods such as nuts, seeds and grains that are fantastic for our bodies are high in calories so we stay away from them when all the while those are the foods we should be looking for.  Those are the foods that will heal, prevent and energize our bodies all day long.

So next time you pick up a package with a nutritional value list, read the ingredients first, before anything else, and if you’re really feeling bold, don’t look at the calories at all.

Read the ingredients first

Read the ingredients first

 

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