I was in a grocery store (supermarket) yesterday and had to turn my head about the cleverly deceptive food labeling everywhere. In every corridor, I’ve seen a lot of products that say all sorts of things that are supposedly “healthy” but don’t really exist. This is the worst food marketing scam.
One of the things I noticed that bothered me a lot was that I saw many examples of the natural state of healthy foods, while also noticing counterfeit versions of these original foods claiming to be healthier than natural.
But in reality, all of these fake versions were MUCH worse for you than the original … and they still have balls to claim that their over-processed “inappropriate” versions are better.
The saddest thing is that millions of people face this deceptive food marketing every day. Here are some examples I’ve noticed:
Example 1: A product claiming to be “better than peanut butter”
This product is funny! I can’t believe anyone will ever believe that this processed spam is better for them than natural minimally processed peanut butter.
First of all, if you buy good natural organic peanut butter, these are usually just two ingredients … peanuts and salt. They don’t have a lot of salt, so it’s not a high-sodium product.
However, this counterfeit peanut butter claiming to be “better than peanut butter” (trying to look healthier than natural peanut butter, according to the label) had a list of recycled junk that you wouldn’t expect. First of all, they remove all natural healthy fats from peanuts to make them a ‘low-fat’ product. It’s good that you’ve just taken away one of the healthiest parts of peanut butter … the appetizing healthy fats you need to control cravings and manage more stable blood sugar.
To make matters worse, healthy fats were replaced with 2 different types of sugar-based syrup and additional dehydrated cane juice (also known as SUGAR) with the addition of refined starches (in case you didn’t get enough blood sugar) to refined carbohydrates yet.
This product took something as simple and natural as peanut butter and turned it into what should actually be called some processed junk candy. However, they claim that it is healthier for you than peanut butter. And somehow they translate by deceiving the masses, as is on their label. Don’t be their fool!
Example 2: A product claiming to be “better than eggs”.
I will not go into such detail about this, as I recently discussed this whole topic in detail in the next issue of the e-publication.
Basically, this product is just egg whites with a bunch of added chemical dyes, flavors and other nonsense, including artificially added vitamins.
Again, this product has basically ruined a good thing by removing the healthiest … yolks! Yes, yolks are the healthiest part of an egg. He who says otherwise does not really understand the real diet. It is important to look for quality healthy eggs that are free of cages and are not organic.
Most people don’t realize that almost all of the quality egg white is in the yolks. Most vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and nutrients are in proteins, not proteins. Even proteins in proteins are not as high quality in terms of bioavailability if there is no yolk amino acid profile to complement the amino acid profile of the protein.
No, egg cholesterol isn’t bad for you … it actually raises your good cholesterol, not bad, so it improves your overall profile. The fat in the eggs is balanced and healthy for you too.
Bottom line … healthy eggs are healthier than egg whites. This is not even a close comparison. Label claims are just another example of food marketing fraud.
Example 3: A product claiming to be “better than butter”.
It was basically a crazy margarine with highly processed and deadly trans fats, but he was worried about claiming it was “better than butter.”
Don’t fall for it!
Even low quality butter is better for you than any margarine on the market. One of the problems with butter is the pesticides and hormones often found in improperly reared cows.
For this reason, it is always a good choice to go with organic butter. If you can find butter-fed grass, I would even say it can be healthy for you. Grass-fed butter is higher in the form of naturally useful conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). In fact, adding a little butter to stewed vegetables can help your body absorb more of the vitamins and minerals found in vegetables.
Due to the stable saturated fat in the butter, butter is one of the best oils that can be produced. Oils high in unsaturated fats such as soybeans, corn, safflower (and even flax) are the worst to produce because their chemistry is very unstable. I have a completely detailed article on which oils are the healthiest at cooking and which are not based on their chemistry.
Another point … saturated fat butter is NOT bad for you. We’ve already beaten a dead horse on that topic in previous articles, but again, you can find more detailed articles on that topic on my site.
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