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Posted on April 18, 2020 | No Comments on Food Labels 101

Label Lesson #4: Use common sense

A little common sense goes a long way. If you buy sugar-free muffins, but the muffins are obviously sweet, then you have to ask what was used to replace sugar. More often than not, these substitutes can do more harm than good. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS), for example, is extremely cheap and much sweeter compared to sugar, and is therefore a favorite among popular juice and soda brands. But several studies have shown that HFCS is a major contributing factor to diabetes and obesity, and is severely taxing on your liver. Choose products that use raw or muscovado sugar in their products instead.

Keep in mind that absence of evidence isn’t evidence of absence. A surefire way to know that a product contains aspartame, even if it isn’t labeled, is to look for a warning for phenylketonurics not to consume the product. People with phenylketonuria cannot break down the amino acid phenylalanine, a component of aspartame. Phenylketonurics who con-sume aspartame will therefore have a buildup of phenylalanine within the body, which is dangerous to the central nervous system and may cause brain damage.

You don’t have to buy all organic food to eat healthier. You just have to watch what goes into your body. A homemade chocolate cake you make with eggs, raw sugar, unbleached flour, and butter is probably far healthier than a chocolate cake you buy from a store, which is probably filled with refined sugar, enriched bleached flour, additives for color and preservatives (after all, it has to be transported from the manufacturing facility to the store). Remember, it’s not just about the calories—it’s about the ingredients, too. So even if you buy non-organic foods but can recognize (read: pronounce) all the ingredients as safe, it’s still a healthy choice.

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