Telling Real Healthy Products From Impostors
A healthy lifestyle seems to be growing in popularity by the day. It is quite common to find diet or healthy products on the shelves. It probably has something to do with recent statistics published by the President s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, saying that about 115 million adults in the U.S. will be obese by 2030.
And less than 5% of Americans participate in daily physical activity of at least 30 minutes. However, just because it says Diet or Organic, doesn t mean it is actually healthy.
Let s go beyond the print label and learn how to really tell a healthy product apart from the others.
Read the Ingredients and the Nutritional Facts
You know, that back side of the package we never pay attention to. It has every detail of what we are about to eat. The problem is, not everyone understands it. The first thing to look at is how many portions are on a package. A large cereal box is not meant to be eaten at once. Even if the front label doesn t say so, the nutritional facts do.
Pay attention to cholesterol, sodium, and total fats, high consumption of these ingredients are not good for your health. On the other hand, calcium, dietary fibers, and vitamins, these are values you should be looking for. Remember that, unfortunately, marketing practices are not always honest.
Some companies may order a brand new batch of low calorie print stickers but the ingredients can t lie; the nutritional fact sheet will show the real sugar values
What If I Don t Understand The Values?
Good question! Just because we read the label doesn t mean we understand what that means. An easy thing to do is get a calorie counter app on your Smartphone, tablet, or computer. They are really user friendly and can give you some perspective. With apps like Myfitnesspal, you can scan products barcodes, so beautifully print label can no longer trick you.
The app will set a recommended amount of calories for your day. If your daily calorie intake is set at 1200, you know that a 600 calorie candy bar is not a healthy option.
Next time you re in front of a healthy shelf, look further than green packaging and diet labels. Read the ingredients carefully and try to look for natural products in the fresh section of your local grocery store. Do you have your own line of products in the making? When you order label printing from a local online printer be honest about your nutritional facts.
If you want to add an extra zing to those healthy products, then you can also order your own batch of beautiful stickers showcasing your USP (unique selling proposition), which can go from Organic -if it s truly pesticide free- to just New if you don t want to make false claims. You can usually get outstanding sticker printing services and results from online printers (like 4over4, linked above).
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