Why Is It Important to Read Labels?

Why It's Important to Read Labels from Kathrynseppamaki.com #realfood #naturalliving

Do you read labels on the food you purchase? Today I’m sharing why it is important to do that!

Today I have an important question for you. If you went to a chemical manufacturing plant for a tour, and at the end of the tour, they handed out little paper cups full of ammonium sulfate for you to drink, would you? Most likely not. After all, what exactly IS in that cup, anyway?

The typical American diet is full of highly processed packaged foods. These foods have been enhanced with chemicals to make them more appealing to consumers taste buds. Artificial colors make certain products look more visually appealing. Artificial flavors make other products taste better. Artificial preservatives allow products to sit on store shelves for months and months and sometimes even years without going bad.

Many products have been stripped of virtually anything of nutritional value and then “fortified” with synthetic vitamins and minerals in an attempt to give them some nutritional value.

I recently picked up a package of frozen goodies that I used to love. I won’t mention the product name or what type of product it is, but ammonium sulfate is an actual ingredient of this product. So is diacetyl tartic acid esters of monodiglicerides. Huh? What in the world are they?

This is why it is so important to read labels regularly when shopping. When we fill our bodies with all of these unknown chemical compounds, we simply do not know exactly how these artificial additives will harm our health in the long run. It is no different than going to the chemical plant and drinking the paper cup full of chemical. We ingest substances that have been approved by the government as being “safe” on a regular basis. But unfortunately, tests have never been run on the long term safety of consuming these chemicals. And there has also been no testing to see how combinations of chemicals affect the human body.

We should never  rely on a government office telling us that certain additives are safe. We can educate ourselves and learn about what these additives are and any negative health consequences. Then we can make informed choices on what we put in our bodies. You see, most of these chemical “ingredients” didn’t even exist 100 years ago. Our grandparents wouldn’t know what they are. They weren’t used in the food supply until recently. And often the food companies that are using these chemicals in food products here in the US, are not using them in other countries because they have been banned!

There is a general principle that I use with the food I purchase for myself…if I look at a label and it has ingredients that I have never heard of or that have long chemical names, they do NOT go in the grocery cart. I want my food as simple as possible and with real food ingredients!

So the next time you go shopping, pick up a product and read the label. Ask yourself if the ingredients are really ones that you want to put in your body…or in the bodies of your family. And help yourself to become an informed consumer.

Or better yet, choose foods that don’t come with labels at all…..whole, fresh foods that don’t require labels!

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