If you watched the news at all last week, you probably saw that the FDA is planning to change its definition of “healthy.” Under the current rules, Frosted Flakes and Pop-Tarts could be considered healthy, but an avocado and salmon could not.
Wait a second! This doesn’t make any sense. A strawberry Pop-Tart has 16 grams of sugar and includes a long list of ingredients including, not just corn syrup, but also high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, sugar, and various food dyes. This list is anything but healthy; yet, at the present time, the FDA would consider this a healthy food.
It’s very confusing, and you may be left scratching your head. What if the foods that you’ve been eating for years really aren’t that good for you? What if you were lead to believe a food was healthy based on the label, only to find out it’s really hurting your health? Can we really trust any food labels, and can we even trust the FDA to make current, up-to-date guidelines that giant food companies must follow? The current definition of “healthy” was created back in 1994 and has not been changed since that time.
If you’re like the majority of Baby Boomers and older adults, you want to stay healthy for all your years to come. A big part of that revolves around what you eat. Forget about what the FDA says and become educated, so you can make your own decisions regarding the foods you consume. If you’re looking for a place to start, keep reading.
In the book, In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan lists five guidelines on how we should be eating today. I agree completely with each item. Here’s what he says…
- DON’T EAT ANYTHING YOUR GREAT-GRANDMOTHER WOULDN’T RECOGNIZE AS FOOD.
For example, would your great grandmother know what a Go-Gurt Portable Yogurt tube was? I bet not.
- AVOID FOOD PRODUCTS CONTAINING INGREDIENTS THAT ARE A) UNFAMILIAR, B) UNPRONOUNCEABLE, C) MORE THAN FIVE IN NUMBER, OR THAT INCLUDE D) HIGH-FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.
Think of a loaf of bread, for instance. Your grandmother would tell you bread contains a small number of ingredients: flour, yeast, water, and a pinch of salt. However, when you look at the ingredient list on a loaf of bread at the grocery store, you’ll find a much longer list including high fructose corn syrup, guar gum, and azodicarbonamide. You’re better off leaving it on the shelf. Besides, what is azodicarbonamide anyway?
- AVOID FOOD PRODUCTS THAT MAKE HEALTH CLAIMS.
Think about it… for a food product to make health claims on the package, it must first have a package. Right off the bat it’s more likely to be processed than a whole food.
- SHOP THE PERIPHERIES OF THE SUPERMARKET AND STAY OUT OF THE MIDDLE.
Most supermarkets have a similar layout with the processed foods dominating the center aisles, while the fresh food – dairy, produce, meat, and fish – line the walls.
- GET OUT OF THE SUPERMARKET WHENEVER POSSIBLE
Think farmers’ market instead. You’ll have a full selection of in-season, fresh, whole foods that will make your insides sing!
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