Simple Innovative Meal Planning – Love Eating
Why aren’t “healthy foods” healthy?
I was asked that question last week and it has really stuck with me. Companies market things as health food because that is how they make money. Consumers like feeling that they are making healthy choices, so companies cater to that good feeling.
HEALTHY FOODS vs PRICE
Two boxes of crackers on the shelf; one costs 10 cents more but also says ‘organic’ and ‘whole grain’ on the label. Which one do you choose? Do you read the labels? What do they mean by organic and whole grain?
I was the Mom who bought all the healthy foods. If it was in the health food section of the store and it said organic or all natural – it went in my cart. I thought I was doing the right thing.
LET’S START WITH… TEA… NOT A BIG FAN
I am not a big fan of tea but I know that green tea is good for me so it has been a part of my daily routine. Peppermint green tea has grown on me and I have found myself considering some other options lately. Why, you ask? Well, their labels promised such lovely things. A good nights sleep, stronger immune system, PMS relief…it seems there is a tea for whatever ails you.
Ginger? Dandelion? Raspberry?
Detox and weight loss teas are often made with dandelion. Ginger is most commonly used to ease pregnancy, aid in digestion and congestion and raspberry leaf is known to comfort PMS symptoms.
Final thought: tea is pretty darn healthy.
SO MANY CEREALS
Cereal is a popular item in many households. I chose three organic cereals randomly to compare the nutrition labels.
Which do you think has the most sugar, the most fiber, the most fat?
Pumpkin Flax Granola has the most sugar at 10 grams. Cinnamon Harvest and Choco Chimps are tied with 9 grams each.
Pumpkin Flax Granola and Cinnamon Harvest tied for having the most fiber at 5 grams each. Choco Chimps has just 2 grams of fiber
Pumpkin Flax Granola has the highest fat content at 10 grams. Cinnamon Harvest and Choco Chimps have just 1 gram of fat each.
Do you see how each of these cereals can meet different health goals? Until you read the labels you don’t know the benefit of each one. I certainly would not have picked Chocolate Choco Chimps to have less sugar than the Pumpkin Flax Granola!
Final thought: read your label and pick according to your goals
HEALTHY FOODS AND LABELS
Take the time to educate yourself about the ingredients in your food. Know what organic means to you and how important it is to you and your family. Set your own guidelines regarding what works for you. You may find your version of ‘healthy’ changes over time or you may choose to compromise healthier choices on occasion in favor of convenience.
Hopefully these examples have cleared up some confusion on how to recognize ‘health food’ and not be duped into buying products that do not actually meet your goals.
For a delicious recipe try…
Fresh Whole Wheat Sage Spaghetti with Creamy Pumpkin Sauce and Crispy Presunto
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