Every generation has their own “health food craze”, and today’s generation is fixated on eating as many foods that are certified organic and gluten-free as humanly possible. The only trouble is that these labels have next to nothing whatsoever to do with the health impact of these specific foods, and there are plenty of organic and gluten-free foods out there that are anything but healthy or beneficial for those that eat them on a regular basis.
You have to remember that the majority of people responsible for creating these health food crazes are master marketers and business people looking to move more merchandise as expeditiously as possible.
They aren’t people interested in making sure that folks eat clean, eat healthy, and transform their lives for the better – they are only interested in finding new ways to get more people to buy their stuff.
By better understanding exactly what you’re getting into (and learning how to read nutritional labels included on food) you’ll be in a much better position to improve your health and wellness with the right foods and not just those that carry the “right” labels.
Certified organic is a useless label
Because there are no real rules behind what “organic” food is and what it is not – and because governing bodies haven’t really implemented any rules or restrictions that stop people from using this label in a variety of misdirecting ways – certified organic should carry absolutely no weight whatsoever with you when it comes time to choose your food options.
A much better approach is to ignore the organic label altogether and instead look for food that is as close to its natural state as possible.
We are talking about fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and other food options that you prepare yourself as opposed to those loaded with extreme preservatives and chemicals.
Salt and sugar are the real “enemies”
It’s also important to remember that salt and sugar are the real enemies of health, as exemplified by the fact that companies are selling “organic gummy bears” that include next to no healthy ingredients whatsoever. You’ll find sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and a whole host of sodium components in these “organic gummy bears” and they would never be confused with a healthy snack.
“Real Fruit” means next to nothing
Real fruit, real fruit juice, and real fruit components does not mean that there are actually bits of fruit in your snacks or your beverages in any real or measurable quantity that would make any difference. Companies have learned to find ways to add a splash of real fruit to color foods or to add a little bit of taste, just so that they are able to market their snacks or their foods as organic real fruit options.
Don’t get tricked into buying these, either.