SUGAR-FREE, FAT-FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, BANANA-FREE…
Marketing experts have figured out that the typical American will purchase anything with the word “FREE” on it. And as consumers, most of us have proven them right.
Besides the fact that we are already programmed to pick up any package that says “NATURAL” on it and assume it is and it will be healthy… the marketers have turned other word combinations against us as well!
This leads us to believe a sweet utopian experience is on the horizon. Yet, our body is about to be assaulted if we consume such toxic poisons!
In fact, studies are showing that people who consume Diet Soda’s actually WEIGH MORE than those who drink regular sodas. (do NOT imply that I am condoning soda pop!)
In my book it is raw, organic sugar, honey, or fruit to sweeten whatever it is!
“The problem is that sometimes “fat free” is also, well, taste free. And to make up for that lack of taste, food manufacturers tend to pour other ingredients — especially sugar, flour, thickeners and salt — into the products. That may boost the calorie content.
“Plus, if the foods aren’t that appealing, they may lead to overeating to make up for the lack of satisfaction.” (WebMD)
INSTEAD: Think GOOD FATS and NOT fat free! Our brains actually NEED good fats to function properly…
Manufacturers have figured out that “Gluten-FREE” is the latest buzz word! Heck, they are even labeling things that NEVER HAD GLUTEN… as gluten free! Many people are jumping on the gluten free band wagon. Many people DO have a gluten intolerance and eliminating it can eliminate symptoms and pain.
Nowhere else in the world is there such a large percentage of people who are gluten intolerant. Many other places in the world have outlawed the use of it. A study released this past month looks at the question of “Is it gluten or glyphosate?”
My main gripe about the whole gluten-free issue is that so many manufacturers are using the term “gluten-free” as a synonym to “healthy” and people are buying it.
Highly processed food is Highly processed food! My rule of thumb is whole foods made in the home. Ideally, foods that come from sources/people I know and use farming practices that match my desires. We buy local and organic and I make all of our bread.
Yeah, I just thought it sounded funny and would grab your attention! Did it work?
Take it easy, have a GREAT week! Enjoy your life, your family, your food, and take time to INVEST in your health.
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