Updated: Nov 24, 2020
Are you sure that your food marketed as "all natural" is actually healthy? Read on to find out!
Drum Roll Please...
Just because a label says gluten free, dairy free, or allergen-friendly does not make it healthy.
I'm sure by now you are familiar with the seemingly endless parade of packaged new products of all kinds masquerading as "health" foods. Just because a label says gluten free, dairy free, or allergen-friendly does not make it healthy. Let's be real. Oreos are vegan. But I certainly wouldn't put them at the top my of "healthy foods" list. Don't be fooled. Many of these items are a wolf in sheep's clothing. Most of these items are highly processed and devoid of any nutrients or enzymes that would help our bodies perform at their best. Indeed, they are only marginally better than their allergen-free counterparts, if at all. It is important to use discernment when grocery shopping, and if it comes in a box or a package, you need to read the list of ingredients. Let's take a look at some ingredients that are allowed to sneak into so-called "healthy" packaged vegan and allergen-friendly foods:
High fructose corn syrup
Vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)
Canola oil, palm oil, and soybean oil
Non-dairy lactic acid
Corn starch (this is almost always GMO)
"Natural flavor" (a catch-all term that is allowed to encompass over 100 different ingredients!)
And the list goes on and on...
Generally, if there are ingredients that you can't pronounce or you don't know what they mean, it is best to avoid it, regardless of what the packaging may lead you to believe.
Get Inspired !
My general recommendations are to eat as many whole-food items as you can, meaning purchasing the bulk of your items from the periphery of the super-market. Packaged, boxed, and shelved food items in the middle of the store are generally full of preservatives and mystery ingredients that will sabotage your health. While there are a few exceptions to this rule, it generally holds true for most food items. If you have questions about specific items, feel free to ask me about them. Remember, those who sign up for the deluxe package are free to text or email me at any time. This means, if you are doing your shopping and see a food item you are unsure of, just take a quick picture of the ingredients and text it to me. I will read and respond to you as quickly as I am able. And premium members are free to ask as many questions as they'd like during our regularly scheduled coaching calls.
In the spirit of good health and good vibes!
Laura Goins, MS