We all have been to the grocery store in the last year or two, and all you see is “Healthy”, “Low Calorie”, “Better Choice”. Every company has been coming up with new ways to make their products “healthier” by cutting out a few calories, grams of fat, sugar, or sodium.
If you look closely at these labels, you might notice that they say something to the effect of “Compared to Original”. If you are truly searching for healthier food products, look out for this trick and read the real nutritional information.
The idea of the healthy labels was a very smart idea because more now than ever people are realizing that our society is overweight. Everyone wants to be skinnier, and what better way to do this than just eating healthier foods? This is true to some effect.
By cutting down on a few calories, you can lose weight. So searching for those labels might be right for you. For others who truly want to be healthier, head to the produce section where fresh veggies and fruits populate the aisles. Cooking with fresh produce can be a great way to be healthier and cut down on fats and calories.
Some might not have the time to cook meals every night. I would recommend searching the freezer section for yummy low calorie meals. Since the food is frozen, it is more “real”. For those looking for snacks, there are natural products that are generally healthier for you, and even good for you.
One problem with these labels is that people may buy the products, and then eat more of it because it says its healthier. You should always eat the same portion sizes when buying a healthier product, because before you know it, you’ve eaten double the calories you would normally eat. Be wary of the new labels, but also don’t be afraid to try out the products. They really could make a difference in your everyday life.
Although these labels may help some find a slightly more “healthy” snack, the healthy choice is to stick with the fresh stuff, and away from the processed.