Healthy foods are the latest craze of consumers. It seems like we’re reaching for any label that says low-fat, fat-free, no trans fat, gluten-free, all-natural, organic and the like.
The problem is that food manufacturers can label their products with these terms without them having merit. For example, organic products may only have one or two organic ingredients in them, which is why you need to look for 100 percent certified organic.
Other products are marketed as being healthy when in fact, they’re loaded with artificial ingredients and chemical fillers that are linked to health problems and certain types of cancers. It’s time to get real about the products we’re filling our shopping carts with and the ingredients we’re putting into our bodies.
When you become a smart consumer, you’ll know to turn over the product and read the ingredients instead of relying on the misleading label.
Here are the biggest offenders and healthy food myths of ‘foods’ that aren’t so healthy.