Many individuals fall for words like “all natural,” “heart healthy” and pretty pictures of fruits and vegetables when shopping for groceries. These very misleading marketing ploys are partially responsible for the rising numbers of those diagnosed with heart disease and diabetes and people suffering from obesity even though they are eating foods that claim to benefit their health.
Here are some examples of poor choices you could be making right now:
Kellogg’s Eggo Nutri-Grain Waffles — Whole Wheat. These waffles actually contain more white flour than whole wheat (not that whole wheat is much better). It all converts to sugar which will raise bad cholesterol and triglycerides.
Fiber One Bars market that a diet high in fiber will help you lose weight and feel full. The oat and chocolate “naturally flavored” bar has more chocolate than oats and has at least six types of sugar in the ingredient list. If you’d like to experience abdominal bloating and gas from the sugar alcohols, and fast-track yourself to an adult onset diabetes diagnosis, eat these!
For children, please do not fall for pictures of fruits or added vitamins on the labels. It infuriates me that many of these products are allowed to be sold to growing children and we wonder why we see so many suffer from ADD/ADHD. An example of nutrition gone wrong for toddler-age children is Gerber’s Graduates For Preschoolers Juice Treats. Absolutely NO healthy fat or protein, just 17 grams of sugar and corn syrup. There is more sugar than juice. V-8 Splash lists water and high fructose corn syrup as its first ingredients. Healthy fats actually metabolize fat and increase brain function and so many children do not have any in their diet. How do you expect your child to sit still and focus in school when all they have had for breakfast is sugar?