Get Off The Buzzword Bandwagon

Hey oh!

I am raring to go this morning because I get to install my new office flooring today!  It’s so pretty!  I promise to share a sneak peek on Facebook later today.

So I am going to try to keep this short, but I have been feeling so annoyed lately.  There is such a greedy group of people out there who just look for ways to steal your money.  They should be ashamed of themselves and I am going to blow their cover.

healthy food buzzwords

There are some HUGE buzzwords that these people are using to lure you in and buy their products.

  • All natural
  • Local
  • Organic
  • Low Fat
  • Sugar Free
  • Hormone Free/Antibiotic Free/ANYTHING free
  • Cage free
  • No GMO
  • No MSG
  • Gluten-free

BEWARE!  Here’s a look at a few:

All Natural

Well, poop is all natural, but is that safe for consumption?  I think not!  Even if the ingredients truly are all natural, the end result is not.  Let’s look at these potato chips since they are a big ticket item that tricks people into thinking their “splurges” are healthy.

Source: themommaven.com

Source: themommaven.com

Do you see these chips growing in fields like natural dandelions?  Nope.  Do you see them frolicking on a farm like natural sheep?  Now I just sound silly, right?  Well, here again, maltodextrin is in “Natural” Cheetos, but although it’s derived from real foods, it is technically a processed and unnatural ingredient which can be harmful when consumed.  womp womp.

This “natural” label speaks for itself.

source: 100daysofrealfood.com

source: 100daysofrealfood.com

Oh and just for fun… read the ingredients on that bag of Veggie straws the next time you think about buying them.

Local

Do you know that I once bought bananas from a section with a “locally grown” sign.  I got home and noticed the sticker said they were grown in another state as far across the US as you can get.  That is NOT locally grown.  Do you know what “local” is considered as?  Well…

“In 2008 Congress passed H.R.2419, which amended the “Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act”. In the amendment “locally” and “regionally” are grouped together and are defined as:  (I) the locality or region in which the final product is marketed, so that the total distance that the product is transported is less than 400 miles from the origin of the product; or (II) the State in which the product is produced.”

400 miles you say?  That is not my idea of local.

Organic

Sadly, organic is stamped on the label and sometimes only ONE ingredient is organic.  I’m not kidding.  Read that label!

Sugar Free/Zero/No Sugar

This syrup is certainly “free” of sugar, but it contains a ton of other toxic substances.  There is always a better option!  Here, you would want to sub for pure maple syrup.  Even though maple syrup has more calories, you have to focus on the nutrition first!

source: ohlardy.com

source: ohlardy.com

No MSG

Shudder.  MSG is the devil.  I mean, it’s super bad.  So of course you should be reading labels and watching for this sneaky a$$hole, but just because something says, “no MSG” on the label, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.  It may have other just-as-bad-for-you alternatives.  It’s much safer to just avoid the crappy additives and make your own!  Example: instead of this packet, try this ranch seasoning.

Source: 100daysofrealfood.com

Source: 100daysofrealfood.com

Gluten Free

I think they would put a “Gluten free” sticker on an apple if they knew it would get you to buy more.

Source: pegitboard.com

Source: pegitboard.com

For the record, packaged “gluten-free” products are just as bad, if not worse than consuming gluten itself.  Proof below.

source: gfgrocery.comNow I hope I didn’t just make you paranoid about your food.  That’s not the goal here.  I just want you to be aware of the marketing tricks that are out there.  Please just read labels and make the best EDUCATED choice!

Enjoy your Tuesday!  I gotsta get to work!

What product surprised you the most?

Is there anything you have switched from recently after reading a label?

What buzz word has lured you in the past?

 

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