Clients ask me this question all the time. Sometimes people use the words “organic” or “all natural” when shopping, and then say they are eating healthy. Here’s my answer: Remember that lots of poisons and drugs start out as plants! OK. I’m not saying that poisons and drugs are necessarily in your food, but you will likely find lots of fillers, oils and other additives you don’t want to eat that are “all natural.” You cannot trust what the front of the package says when choosing healthy foods: you still need to actually read every label at first.
Some examples of all natural or organic foods that often aren’t healthy: cookies, chips, crackers, cottage cheeses, cheeses, whole grain breads, soups, tomato sauces and juices.
We have to keep in mind the health food industry wants to make money just like the regular food industry, and their marketing staff is trying to position their foods in a way that encourages you to buy them over the competition. If you are reading a label, and you do not know the ingredient, you probably shouldn’t be eating it. If the food did not exist 100 years ago, you probably shouldn’t be eating it either. This includes eating any products with vegetables oils (they weren’t around until 1912). The bottom line is that you still need to read your labels.
Here are some examples of ingredients that you will find in your “natural, healthy and organic foods” that you do not want to consume: Vegetable Oils, Maltodextrin, Monoglycerides, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Carrageenan, Guar Gum, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and Sucralose.
At first you will be reading a lot of labels and being disappointed that foods you thought were healthy, aren’t. The good news? You’re on the road to feeling better, having more energy, losing weight and living longer. So keep a list of the foods you find that are “clean” and then shopping will soon become easy!