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The Art of Reading Labels

Labels are there for a reason! Most people tend to just look at the the pretty labels that say “natural” and “no trans fats” while they ignore the important information.

We recommend that you start with the ingredients list. The harsh reality is that whenever you see a word that you cannot pronounce, it is very likely that it is synthetic - man made. That means these highly profitable food companies hire scientists to make ingredients in a lab that end up in your food. This is shocking but think about why this is done. These synthetic ingredients modify the flavour for the better (which is why various forms of sugars are added to essentially all foods) and increase shelf life, therefore increasing profits! If you did not already know, Health Canada does not regulate food labeling which is why so many companies are able to add “natural” and “hearty” labels and basically make you feel good about choosing their product.

You should be looking for REAL ingredients in REAL food. Also, do not make the mistake of thinking that because something is labeled “organic” that is is healthy. We have heard of many accounts where people do their groceries in the organic section without reading the labels and then find out they were mislead. Again, you have to follow the principles of the advanced or core plans. If we go buy a box of organic animal crackers, how is that any better than conventional crackers? Yes, they use organic flours and ingredients, but they add a lot of sugar which defeats the purpose in the first place. Remember, sugar = inflammation. Therefore, you have to learn how to read the actual label.

We know that labels get confusing at times. We are going to make it simple for you. Here are the basic steps: