Tricks the food companies play on you…
If you’re serious about your health at all, you have to become an excellent ingredient label reader.
Now, don’t confuse that with dissecting the “nutrition facts”, the white box that tells you how many grams of sugar, sodium, fat, or vitamin A you’re consuming. That information is virtually useless and they use that to distract you from the poison which is hidden in plain sight in the ingredients listing.
If you’re not reading and deciphering ingredients on packaged foods, you’re just another victim of the unscrupulous food companies using cheap, toxic, and lab created ingredients.
Admittedly, a University course could easily be delivered on ingredients to avoid in packaged foods. I have a list of the top 35 in my THRIVE Academy, and that’s the short list! Never has there been so many toxic “food stuffs” put in what we eat, and the population’s general health definitely shows our ignorance to it all.
But even if you do read ingredient labels, many look harmless to the untrained eye, when in reality they are a dumpster fire. Let me give you a few examples.
Yeast extract – found in many packaged foods as a flavour enhancer, yeast extract is really code for MSG, a dangerous excitotoxin that will ruin brain health. It’s often found in “healthier” chips and other dried snack foods.
Citric acid – at first blush, this sounds like a citrus based preservative. The reality is for 99% of products, it is a derivative of BLACK MOLD called Aspergillus niger, and is grown in pans using sugar (often GMO) or molasses to help the fermentation process along. You can find this in chips, tortillas, and even bread.
Maltodextrin – this ingredient has been shoved into many foods as a filler, mild sweetener, or thickener, and its mostly produced from GMO corn. It has little nutritional value and is hard on your gut and liver.
Aminosweet – this is a fairly new ingredient and is aspartame, renamed. Seems that people were catching on to the deadly affects of aspartame as a neurotoxin and it needed a marketing facelift – thus the new name, Aminosweet.
There’s dozens more like sodium benzoate, titanium dioxide, and propylene glycol.
You may recall a few years ago, ethical food companies and consumers were demanding all GMO foods be labelled as such. Unfortunately, the big corrupt food companies won out and didn’t end up to having to display the GMO label, even though they consider it perfectly safe. I mean, if it’s all good, why wouldn’t you want that on the packaging?
This is why you pay attention to actions, not words.
These days, they are starting to put “bioengineered” on foods that contain GMO ingredients, because like aspartame, GMOs were getting a bad rap (for good reason) and needed a new moniker so they could openly tell uninformed consumers who don’t know the difference anyways, what is in their food.
So to understand what is in your packaged food is critical. But then there’s a whole other layer with foods that don’t contain labels. Let me give you another example…
Ever buy those tiny, perfectly shaped, organic carrots? Many of them are washed with BLEACH. You won’t find that on the label…
And if you are trying to reverse any chronic diseases like digestive or autoimmune problems, you need to know your food even better! Not all organic foods will improve your health, and some can make it worse.
But how would anyone figure that out?
Most don’t, because they are not equipped to be good teachers. They are pure promoters of products which is a much easier lifestyle and task than calling out the medical cabal and delivering programs that make an ACTUAL difference to someones life.
Just like everything there are layers to understanding health, and most don’t get past the surface. Which makes it so much easier or the food companies to infuse cheap and toxic ingredients into your food, leaving you addicted to it, and the pills you have to take later because of it.
I cover much of this in the THRIVE Academy.