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October 6, 2013

NATURAL HEALTH: Don't be a fake food fanatic

Tonawanda News — Most individuals fall for words like “all natural,” “heart healthy,” and pretty pictures of fruits and vegetables when shopping for groceries. These misleading marketing ploys are partially responsible for the rising numbers of those diagnosed with heart disease, diabetes and people suffering from obesity even though they are eating foods that claim to benefit their health.

Here are some examples of poor choices you could be making right now:

Fiber One Bars market that a diet high in fiber will help you lose weight and feel full. The oat and chocolate variety has more chocolate than oats in the ingredients list and has 10 grams of sugar. These ingredients could cause abdominal bloating and gas from the sugar alcohols, and fast-track yourself to an adult onset diabetes diagnosis.

For children, please do not fall for pictures of fruits or added vitamins on the labels. It infuriates me that many of these products are allowed to be sold to growing children and we wonder why we see so many suffer from ADD/ADHD. An example of nutrition gone wrong for toddler age children is Gerber’s Graduates For Preschoolers Juice Treats. There is absolutely no healthy fat or protein in these treats, just 17 grams of sugar and corn syrup. 

For those still convinced that eating low fat will protect their hearts, a popular brand of Catalina dressing has 7 grams of sugar; diabetes first, then heart disease is sure to follow.

Do I really need to mention foods like canned soups, whipped cream, soda, diet drinks, flavored yogurts and fast foods in general? People come to me all the time in hope of preventing or curing their illness. If you don’t look at the diet first, you are sure to fail in your desire to heal. There is no medication that will cure a poor diet.

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