Beware of these deadly lies
Way back in the Old West, there were salesmen that would travel in their covered wagons from town to town trying to sell their “magic” concoctions by making all kinds of health promises and duping people that didn’t know any better.
“Snake Oil Salesman” was the common expression for these guys.
Oh, but now that we’re in the “modern times” of 2013, snake oil salesmen don’t exist anymore, right?
They might not travel around in covered wagons hawking their worthless products that are supposed to appear healthy, but they’re very much alive and well.
They’re called food companies.
Here’s what I mean:
Today’s snake oil
Food companies are our modern snake oil salesmen.
Who else in the world could generate trillions of dollars selling boxed, canned and bagged non-food “stuff” that not only does NOT nourish you but actually HARMS your health?
Let’s take a closer look at what’s in those packages on the store shelves–our modern day snake oil:
1- Thousands of additives
The food industry routinely uses 2,000 different food additives in their processed creations.
These include some obligatory vitamins and minerals, plus emulsifiers, buffers, artificial flavorings and colorings, and enormous amounts of the two biggies–salt and sugar.
The average American eats nearly 150 pounds of food additives each YEAR! This is broken down as follows:
* 130 pounds of sugar
* 10-15 pounds of salt
* 5-10 pounds of synthetic vitamins, flavors, preservatives and colored dyes
Some people in the world don’t even consume 150 pounds of food in a YEAR–yet the average American gulps down that much in chemicals alone!
Now, your body was not designed to deal with all these chemicals–it cannot metabolize them. So they end up as acid wastes, taxing your liver, accumulating in your blood, organs and tissues and making you toxic, sick and diseased.
Plus the acid wastes from these foods wreak havoc on your intestinal flora and greatly hamper your immune system.
2- Deadly fats
Processed foods are a great source of trans-fats (also known as hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils).
Trans-fats are downright deadly–they should be labeled with a skull and crossbones.
They cling to your arteries and tissues, increase blood cholesterol, lead to atherosclerosis and inflammation and practically guarantee that you’ll have heart disease.
They also multiply like rabbits inside your body and reproduce themselves by the billions. This spurs the development of free radicals, which accelerate atherosclerosis and inflammation, contribute to countless chronic diseases and lead to premature aging.
Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies
The big question here is: HOW?
How in the world can companies sell products that do nothing but harm health and cause unbelievable suffering?
That’s easy, my friend.
It’s called marketing.
Just like the snake oil salesmen of the old west, food companies use creative wording to make their products appear healthy.
Here are some examples:
1) “All natural”
“All natural” implies something is from Nature and must be good for you, right?
The phrase “all natural” means whatever the food company wants it to mean.
It’s not defined by the FDA, and generally speaking, food makers won’t get in trouble as long as foods with this label don’t contain added colors, artificial flavors or synthetic ingredients.
But that still means that an “all natural” food CAN contain things like boatloads of sodium or high fructose corn syrup.
2) “Sugar free”
This is a biggie. Dieters LOVE sugar free products because they give the impression that they’re lo-cal.
Sugar free does NOT mean calorie free. As a matter of fact, sugar free products may contain just as many or MORE calories than the original version, and be loaded with fat to boot.
These products can also contain sugar alcohols like mannitol, xylitol or sorbitol which can cause diarrhea if taken in large doses…
…so don’t eat that whole box of sugar free cookies in one sitting or you’ll be sitting on the throne for a while.
3) “Zero trans-fat”
This is a joke.
First of all, products that say zero trans-fat can actually contain less than 0.5 grams per serving…so zero doesn’t mean zero.
Plus even if products are not made with known trans-fats like hydrogenated oils and shortening, what most people don’t know is that trans-fats are also CREATED when polyunsaturated fats are heated.
So that means you can be buying “heart healthy” polyunsaturated oils like canola or safflower oil, but the second you heat them in your frying pan, you’ve got yourself some trans-fats.
And trans-fats are also created during food processing. Margarine manufacturers are notorious for this–they make their products with polyunsaturated oils and market them as “Trans-fat free!”
However, during the process of creating margarine, the oils are always heated…so that means it’s loaded with trans-fats, regardless of what the package label says.
4) “Fat free”
This is classic deception statement playing on people’s fears of fat, high cholesterol and heart disease.
You see, when fat is taken out of processed foods, in order for them to taste remotely better than shredded cardboard, food companies have to somehow make them appealing.
So they replace the fat with SUGAR.
That means you’re merely swapping one health harming substance for another!
5) “Gluten free”
Gluten can wreak havoc on the health of people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, so this labeling truly is vital for them.
However, gluten free products are now being seen as the latest way to lose weight and that’s simply not the case across the board.
If someone has a gluten problem then eating gluten can impair their digestion and nutrient absorption which can cause weight gain. So if gluten is eliminated, then they can potentially take off pounds.
But if you don’t have a gluten problem to begin with, eating gluten free is not likely going to result in weight loss.
6) “Serving size”
This is the downfall of many a dieter or health conscious person.
To make a product appear low in fat or calories, food companies often list nutrition information based on a serving size that wouldn’t even fill up a mouse.
Cereal is a great example here. The serving size listed on many cereal boxes is between 1/2 cup and 3/4 cup.
Tell me, when was the last time you ate just 3/4 cup of cereal for breakfast?
If you’re not sure about this, go fill your cereal bowl with water, then dump the water into a large measuring cup and see for yourself.
Ice cream is another culprit.
That pint of Ben & Jerry’s is supposed to hold 4 servings–not one.
So before you think a food is low in fat or calories, look at how much you eat and do the math.
Stay out of the snake oil trap
Regardless of what sneaky statements food companies use to sell their products while jeopardizing your health, one fact remains:
If you want to be disease-free, maintain a normal body weight and live a long life, you MUST eat REAL (not processed) foods. They are what your body needs and your body knows the difference!
Here are 3 effective measures you can take to minimize the devastating effects processed food can have on your health:
1) Find alternatives
Read labels and find healthier alternatives for any processed foods you feel the need to buy.
100% Organic products don’t contain harmful ingredients. Yes, they typically cost more than the traditional alternatives, but I bet they cost FAR less than your medical bills would be if you got heart disease or cancer.
2) Rely less on processed foods overall
When you minimize processed foods in your diet and instead eat REAL foods in easy to digest combinations, you will not only encourage great digestion and avoid common GI problems, but your body will be able to eliminate built-up, disease-causing acid wastes and shed excess pounds.
The Great Taste No Pain health system will teach you exactly how to do this.
Or if you’re gluten sensitive, Great Taste No Gluten is for you.
Both the GTNP and GTNG manuals will show you the few easy principles you’ll need to remember to make all of your meals easy to digest, and give you meal planning guides incorporating delicious REAL foods including meats, poultry, fish, pastas, whole grains, vegetables and more.
And the recipe book with each system is filled with many scrumptiouscreations that will soon become your favorites. You’ll be amazed at how delicious real foods can be, and will likely lose your taste for the processed stuff.
3) Help your intestinal flora recover
If you’ve eaten a fair amount of packaged foods in the past, chances are excellent that your intestinal flora balance favors the “bad guys“–while the “good guys” are struggling!
So it’s essential to give your gut a helping hand with a top shelf probiotic supplement like Super Shield.
Super Shield contains 13 high quality, effective friendly bacteria that are robust and ready to take their place in your system. They’ll help fend off the bad guys, keep your digestion smooth and your gut wall strong, and beef up your immune system.
Don’t be blinded by fancy advertising or the misleading claims of the modern day snake oil salesmen–food companies.
All they care about is profit, my friend, your health be damned.
Take charge of your health by enjoying delicious food like you never have before and keeping your gut wall and immune system healthy and strong.
You’ll never regret it.
To your health,
PS: Katherine’s sweet cravings are gone and she’s having regular BMs!
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