Friday, October 31, 2014

Hijacked: How the food industry turns diet advice into profits

In this month's cover story of the health letter publication by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Nutrition Action, information is revealed about how the food industry turns diet advice into profits. If it isn't confusing enough for people to educate themselves on what foods to eat and what foods to avoid, we get additional confusing information from the industry that supplies us with information regarding our everyday foods!

We all know that fiber is good for us. Why? As we all know, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes (like beans, lentils and peas) are good for us as they largely contribute to a healthy metabolism and prevent constipation. These foods also help us in keeping our weight where it should be and they also help with the prevention of chronic diseases like diabetes.

But, back to the cover story, knowing the right sources to get our daily fiber is extremely helpful. The food industry has made if far too convenient to give bad advice that they make believable by simply buying a food product that says it contains 3 to 4 grams of fiber for instance. Eating a fresh peach that contains about 2.2 grams of fiber is being compared to a Skinny Cow Chocolate Truffle ice cream bar that contains 3 grams of fiber. One would think that the larger amount of fiber is better for you -- but, it's just not the case!

"Epidemiological studies show that eating fiber-containing foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes has many good health outcomes," says Joanne Slavin, professor of nutrition at the University of Minnesota. "The evidence is strongest that those foods can lower the risk of heart disease, concluded the Institute of Medicine in 2002. But, they may also help prevent constipation, type 2 diabetes and obesity."

On another note, in realizing that Halloween is today -- Halloween can offer plenty of healthier food/treat options that don't need to take you out of the spirit of fun. Below are some links that offer healthier candy/treat options....

7 Healthy Halloween Candy Choices

6 Satisfyingly Sweet Options

Halloween Candy: 2014 Healthiest Treats

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