5 Lying Labels, Label Lies and other “health food” shenanigans

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I was always bothered by the labels “diet”, “low-fat”, “no fat”. If we really are truly in search of food labeled with these words, then we want better health, right? That’s not really the way. If something is labeled with health claims, it’s because it isn’t really great for you and needs a reason to pull you into purchasing it. If there is a cupcake cereal on the shelf, would you be more likely to grab it if it said  “cupcakes in every bite!”, or “whole grain”, “low-fat”, “7g fiber per serving”? That’s the point, it’s not good for you at all, but there are SLIGHT healthy benefits and they highlight those to mask the truth behind the bite.

Lactose Free? Not necessarily. Check the label. There aren’t super strict rules about this still, well, strict enough in my opinion. Stever Carper of SteverCarper.com writes:

“Deceptive packaging? Not at all, let me hastily say. Despite what I quoted above, many states have their own set of rules.  And state rules on milk supersede general federal regulations. (Yes, the milk lobby is a marvelous thing.) Anyway, the state rules realistically admit that getting every last bit of lactose out of milk is a difficult proposition, so they allow up to that half a percent of lactose in “Lactose Free” milk. There’s nothing inherently shady about this. In fact, the feds do something almost exactly equivalent. In the NLEA, “free” was usually defined in bureaucratic terms as “a trivial amount.” “Fat Free” foods can really have up to half a gram of fat a serving; “Calorie Free” foods up to 5 Calories, and so on. (Although remember that a food that claims to be “lactose free” must actually be lactose free.)

So “Lactose Free” milk can have up to a maximum of 60 milligrams left in a glass of 100% lactose reduced milk. That’s not much. It’s about equivalent to the lactose in one gram of milk. Let me explain how small that is. If you’re baking and you need a tablespoon of milk, the film that sticks to the spoon after you’ve poured out the milk is probably more than one gram. You will never notice that it’s there unless you’re the one in a million with no lactase at all or who who must rigorously avoid all lactose because of other medical conditions.”

The reason I felt this was worth writing about was because I almost bought it. Me. I am very carefuk about what I put into my body, but the everyday person is not. They are trying to fool you and that’s just cruel. They don’t have to have your diarrhea, or raunchy farts for three days.

Trans fat-free? Maybe. Make SURE it doesn’t say 0 g trans fat PER SERVING.ugh. Trans fat is horrific, it does awful things inside the body and you don’t want it in there, don’t be fooled by the claim of 0g per serving. Make sure it says 0 trans fat.period. Trans fat contributes to clogged arteries. Read more about this awful little sneaky ingredient here: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/trans-fats-science-and-risks

 

No added Growth hormones?

Yes, technically they aren’t allowed to use hormones in pigs, chickens, turkey, etc. BUT, they can use antibiotics which react in the same way and therefore, they are lying to you, trying to deceive you although you are trying so hard to read labels and be healthy, they’ve done it again! If you eat animal meats, try Local/Organic please and avoid being scammed and robbed of your health. Also, you support better farming practices!

Grass fed?   Unfortunately, Grass fed is a term that is now regulated by the USDA. They say that it means the animal consumed a 100% grass diet and ate no corn, soy or anything un-natural and was free to roam about a pasture of rolling green fields. The USDA allows anyone to use the term. Providing the farmer submits paperwork saying that they let them run in the grass and they only feed them grass, they buy it and let them label it “grass-fed”, no checking up on them, no nothing. They even slap it on meat like chicken and pork, and those animals can’t even live off grass!

Whole Grain? The FDA has never set a rule about this one. So basically, MOST “whole grain” products you see, are just a variety of refined grains chocked into your food. Not all companies do this, in fact some are truly whole grain. Read the label, make sure it says “whole” before the name of the grain, and make sure it’s not just corn.

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