Let’s start with a pop quiz.
Which is better for you: A or B?
Note the similarities. Both are:
• very low in fat, sodium and protein
• high in carbohydrates
• supply a similar amount of fiber for the calories consumed
People who are concerned about protein and sugar levels in their foods would say they’re both equally bad. If you’re not sure which is actually better for you, you are not alone.
So how about if we give you the ingredient lists?
What’s the moral of the story? The nutrition label can convey extremely misleading information about the quality and the health benefits of a food. It is a GENERAL overview of macro-nutrients and tells you very little about what you are actually putting into your body.
ALWAYS look at the ingredient list because that’s where the REAL information is.
If you see added sweeteners, like corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, dehydrated cane juice, maltodextrin, or added fibers, like inulin, chicory root powder, or soluble corn fiber, or other things that don’t seem like they belong, like carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, added colors or flavors, think long and hard between putting that “food” into your body.
We are meant to exist in balance with nature. Make sure your foods are composed only of real, natural and recognizable ingredients. Your health depends upon it.