I was in the grocery store (supermarket) yesterday and had to shake my head at all the clever deceptive food signs ubiquitous. On every lane, I’ve seen tons of products claiming all kinds of things that are supposed to be “healthy”, but which aren’t actually. This is a food marketing scam at its worst.
One of the things I noticed that really bothered me was that I saw several examples of healthy foods in their natural state, while I also noticed fake versions of these overly processed original foods that claim to be healthier than the natural version.
However, in reality, all of these fake copies were actually much worse for you than the original … and they still had the balls to claim that their “unwanted” copies that were over-processed are better.
The sad part is that millions of people fall in love with this deceptive food marketing every day. Here are some examples I’ve noticed:
Example # 1: A product that claims to be “better than peanut butter”
This product is ridiculous! I can’t believe anyone would believe that this processed junk is better for them than minimally processed natural peanut butter.
First of all, if you’re buying good natural organic peanut butter, it’s usually simply just two ingredients … peanuts and salt. It does not add a lot of salt so it is not a high sodium product.
However, fake peanut butter that claimed to have been “better than peanut butter” (trying to look healthier than natural peanut butter based on its label claims) has a list of processed scrap that you won’t believe. First of all, they remove all natural healthy fats from the peanuts so that it becomes a “low-fat” product. Well, now you’ve removed one of the healthiest parts of peanut butter … the appetite that satisfies the healthy fats you need to control cravings and manage the more stable blood sugar levels in your body.
To make matters worse, the healthy fats have been replaced by two different types of sugar-containing beverages plus extra powdered cane juice (also known as SUGAR), plus added refined carbohydrates (just in case you don’t get enough blood sugar. Refined carbohydrates even) right Now).
This product took something simple and natural like peanut butter, and turned it into what should really be called an unwanted dessert. However, they claim that it is healthier for you than peanut butter. And somehow they get away with fooling around like this on their posters. Do not be a fool!
Example 2: A product that claims to be “better than white”.
I won’t go into detail about this as I recently got into good detail about this whole topic in another ezine issue.
Basically, this product is just egg whites with a host of chemical colorings and flavors added and other nonsense, including artificially added vitamins.
Once again, this product has ruined a good thing by removing the healthiest part … the yolk! And yes, the yolk is the healthiest part of the egg. Anyone who tells you differently doesn’t understand much about real nutrition. The important thing to look for in terms of quality is the whole eggs that are free from cages and organic.
Most people are not aware that all of an egg’s good nutrients are in the yolk. The majority of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and trace nutrients are found in the yolk, not the eggs. Even the protein in eggs is not of a high quality in terms of bioavailability without the amino acid formation of the yolk that complements the amino acid profile of the eggs.
No, the cholesterol in eggs is not bad for you … it actually raises your good cholesterol more than the bad cholesterol which improves your overall profile and the fats in whole eggs are balanced and healthy for you as well.
The bottom line … whole eggs are healthier than egg whites. It’s not even a close comparison. Label claims are just another example of food marketing hoax
Example # 3: A product that claims to be “better than butter”.
This margarine was basically a margarine loaded with very deadly and unsaturated fats, yet it had the audacity to claim that it was “better than butter”.
Don’t fall in love with her!
Even low-quality butter is better for you than any margarine on the market. One problem with butter is the pesticides and hormones that are frequently found inside improperly raised cows.
For this reason, choosing organic butter is always a good choice, and if you can find grass-fed butter, I would say it can be healthy for you. Grass-fed butter is higher in the natural form of the beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). In fact, adding a little butter to steamed vegetables helps your body absorb more of the vitamins and minerals in the vegetables.
Also, due to the constant saturated fat content in butter, this makes butter one of the best oils that can be cooked. Oils high in polyunsaturated fats such as soybeans, corn, safflower (and even flax) are the worst to cook due to their unstable chemical composition. I have a completely comprehensive article on the healthiest cooking oils that are not based on chemistry.
Another point … the saturated fat in butter isn’t bad for you. We already beat a dead horse with this topic in previous articles, but again, more detailed articles on this topic are on my site.
You can find dozens of other articles on all the controversial health and fitness topics on my website below. To your good health!