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A healthy fake, or how food producers cheat

A healthy fake, or how food producers cheat

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"Whole grains", "natural", "without preservatives", "full of vitamins", this is how producers try to put the vigilance in us regarding products for children, but also for us. Unfortunately, more and more often they manage to do it, after all health is assessed by people as the most important element of our lives, so everything that is marked with the words "lockpicks" acts on us as confirmation of the right choice.

Unfortunately, most often it turns out that this is only an advertising catwalk highlighting one element, and silent another, which is far away from the "health path". Let's look at the most common healthy fake:

  • Whole Grain: dietitians are struggling to make us reach for flour products from whole milling as often as possible, unfortunately the producers began to use this fact by covering up large amounts of sugar. This applies, among others, to breakfast cereals, well, the fact that the flour that has been used is wholly milled, since it does not constitute 100% of the flour used, but only a small percentage. To top it off, the product is supplemented with two, three or even four types of sugar under different names such as sugar, glucose, glucose-fructose syrup, malt-barley extract, brown sugar syrup.
  • No preservatives: Well, sometimes it is a legal requirement, not a good will of the producer, so what to brag about. It may be worth paying attention to whether this preservative-free product does not contain others with a difficult chemical name as in hot cups: monosodium glutamate, disodium guanylate and disodium inosinate.
  • Chips baked in the oven, no additives, no preservatives are to be a source of vitamin C, approx. potatoes are indeed rich in this vitamin, but what about calories, it is still a high-calorie snack.
  • Healthy margarine for children because with the addition of omega-3 fatty acids Olives derived from olive oil: margarine is hardened fat, for children and for us the healthiest source of butter is natural vitamins and dot. Is the oil added to provide a healthier look at this product?
  •  "Natural" (probably probably healthy for our children) biscuit filled cookies - these are not healthy alternatives to breakfast! Whole grains, cottage cheese are sweets and should be treated as such! Especially that in their composition these natural products contain emulsifiers: lactic acid esterified mono- and diglycerides of fatty acids, fatty acid esters of propylene glycol, raising agents (disodium diphosphate, sodium bicarbonate). Here, the slogan "Natural" is to hide sugar in the form of: glucose-fructose syrup, sugar, glucose.

There are a lot of products that can be exchanged among healthy whims. They use popular slogans to distract our thoughts from a conscious choice, in addition to the listed ones you can multiply indefinitely: candies with vitamins, chocolate-nut cream for bread, quick porridge from a cup, instant soups without preservatives, etc.

Most often, manufacturers want to hide a high sugar content, monosodium glutamate, purified flour.

Let's not be fooled. We think while shopping, read the labels, let us not put our vigilance down.