Healthy Labelled Foods

February 10, 2012

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Many foods processed products turn out to be unhealthy. Many fast foods, and variety meat processed products whether they come from factory, or small home industries are contain preservatives, or artificial sweetener in their food products.

Using artificial sweeteners may seem like a smart idea to avoid extra calories. But you may be exposing yourself to a diet sweetener commonly used in food products. An artificial sweetener that you should be watch out for is aspartame. Aspartame has been identified as the cause of several fatal diseases, and it is derived from genetically modified bacteria.

By labelling food processed products with Fat Free or Healthy, many people are interested and believed that the foods are healthy. Here are some would say healthy foods, but apparently they were not:

  • Fat Free Labelled Foods
    Fat-free doesn't mean calorie free. Simply because it contains no fat, does not mean, it is good for your health. There are many healthy foods and fat free, such as apples, chocolates, or any others fruits, vegetables and delicious foods for diet.
  • Sports or Energy Drinks
    Energy drinks may contain important electrolytes such as potassium and sodium, which is required in the sport intense, or endurance training. While energy drinks contain a lot of corn syrup with fructose, added sugar, and saturated fat.

    Most energy drinks contain 125 more calories per 20 lbs, and some energy drinks contain at least 350 more calories than other snacks. However, the drinks were not required on light activity. For daily activity, choose only water to avoid dehydration.

  • Restaurant Baking Potato
    A baked potato is very healthy. Potatoes are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. Medium-sized baked potato contains about 160 calories.

    However, if you bought it from a restaurant, do not assume those baked potatoes are a healthy choice. Many restaurants serve baked potatoes which contain butter, cream cheese, meats, and other materials that can add up to about 600 calories and 20 grams of fats.

  • Salad
    Salad of tuna, chicken or shrimp often laden with fats, and contains as many calories as high mayonnaise content. Tuna sandwich contains 700 calories and 40 grams of fats. Choose a salad which made with low fat mayonnaise and pay attention on your salad portion.
  • Low-Fat Peanut Butter
    Low-fat peanut butter doesn't always mean a healthy version of regular peanut butter. Regular or low-fat peanut butter contains the same calories, but the low-fat butter contains more sugar. Regular peanut butter is a natural source of good unsaturated fats. Look for regular peanut butters that are not containing added oils.
  • Dairy Products
    Many cows in the United States are injected with bovine growth hormone in large number to stimulate the production of milk. Cheese may also made using cow's milk that produced from genetically modified cows. Cheese is also produced from a genetically modified enzyme called chymosin.
  • Muffin
    Muffins made with healthy materials, but the problem is on the portions. Some muffins that are sold in many coffee shops and restaurants are contained with a portion more than 350 calories.

    Muffins that are sold in some famous bakery shops could contain 600 mg sodium, approximately one-third of the maximum limit of sodium per days. Healthy food if consumed excessively can be unhealthy. Eat only half portion of muffins and keep the rest for the afternoon.

  • Fruit Juice
    All kind of fruit juices are healthy if they are only added with less sugar, or without it. But if fruit juices are added with too many sugar, ice cream, and chocolates can lead to very high calories.
  • Packaging Processed Turkey
    Turkeys are a source of protein without fats, and a good choice for lunch or dinner. Unfortunately, a sliced of processed turkey loaded with sodium. 2lbs of processed turkey contains nearly one-third of maximum daily sodium intake. Be sure to buy a fresh turkey.
  • Wheat Labelled Bread
    Sometimes not a lot of wheat bread is made from healthy grains, in which are good for the heart. Wheat bread products often are labelled with Seeds and Wheat. In fact it was made with refined grains, or even worst if it produced using genetic modification. So, it doesn't contain nutrients from whole grains. Read carefully on the nutrition fact labels. If the wheat flour in the ingredient list is refine, then it is not 100% whole wheat bread.

    The shocking news was, six out of ten bread sold in Indonesia, turned out to be contained with borax. Preservative that should not to be used in food, because it can lead to cancer if it accumulates for a long time. While two of them are from well-known branded bread which easily be found in nearest supermarkets.

Despite all unhealty foods above, you can still minimize the risk for your body. Drink only water after you eat all those foods. It will purify your body. Eating from an organic foods perhaps will be a very good choice. Foods that are grown without the use of any chemical fertilizers and pesticides, will make your healthy life evens better. Healthy life is priceless and that is the fact.

Reference : Ways to Avoid Eating Genetically Modified Foods By Urvashi Pokharna

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