08 March 2019

LABELS LIE | THE TRUTH ABOUT FOOD LABELS

Are you reading the ingredients or are you just reading the labels on the packaging? Labels is just a marketing strategy, has nothing to do with health. Please ...

meant to mislead you first all a natural

as far as the USDA and the FDA are concerned all natural means nothing they haven't defined it and since it's not regulated anyone can use it on their packaging though natural sounds healthy it doesn't need to be sugar can be natural so can we so can arsenic for that matter now that doesn't mean you shouldn't buy foods with the natural label but you should read the packaging first to make sure you're buying food that's not loaded in sugars lectins or unhealthy fats organic I like organic food in fact I love organic food but that doesn't mean all organic food is good for you Organic cows and chickens can be fed organic corn and wheat which are designed to fatten them and you up and complete junk food can be organic too just take a look at the organic section of your local store you'll see organic cookies organic ice cream even organic potato chips it may have a fancy label and cost twice as much but junk food is still junk organic or not all organic foods are healthy the organic food industry is now worth tens of billions of dollars they didn't get that way just selling carrots we can now buy pesticide free potato chips and organic

jelly beans organic foods aren't necessarily healthy foods in fact can even be worse because people for example falsely judge organic Oreo cookies to have fewer calories than conventional Oreos and so may eat more forgoing exercise was deemed more acceptable when the person had just chosen organic rather than conventional dessert in fact leniency towards forgoing exercise was slightly greater after choosing organic dessert then after eating no dessert at all organic cookies were like viewed as having negative calories but organic junk food is still junk food another one of my favorites heart healthy as a cardiac surgeon this is my biggest pet peeve you see the FDA certifies food as heart healthy foods it wants you to eat and eat a lot of let me put it this way Froot Loops the super sweet sugary cereal certified heart healthy avocado salmon and nuts are not certified heart-healthy the heart-healthy label has very little to do with what's actually healthy but it's got a lot to do with what the food industry wants you to spend your money on things like sugar wheat and corn so don't look for the

heart-healthy label when shopping instead look for real foods that are proven to boost heart health foods rich in omega-3s and polyphenols for instance gluten-free okay let me be clear there are some people who need to look for the gluten-free label for health reasons but gluten free doesn't mean healthy in a lot of instances gluten-free foods actually have more lectins than foods with gluten because they're made with rice corn and lots of sugar so when you're shopping don't automatically assume that gluten-free is good for you or for that matter it means lectin free instead read those ingredient labels carefully finally free-range you've probably seen the free-range label on eggs poultry even me but here's the lowdown about free-range it basically means nothing it's got zero to do with how animals live or what they eat in fact it's completely legal to cram animals full of corn soy and wheat and to keep them in overcrowded dangerously cramped quarters and still call them free-range as long as they have access to a small patch of grass for five minutes a day so instead of free-range look for pasture raised or

wild meat and seafood those animals were raised the way nature intended and had the opportunity to eat the way nature intended that means they had a better quality of life and are better for your health too so what's the takeaway here labels are meant to mislead you and make you think foods are healthy that way you buy more so don't get sucked in by flashy marketing instead read ingredient lists thoroughly and do your research it's the best way to protect your health [Music]