-Low Sodium

-No High Fructose Corn Syrup

-No Additives or Preservatives

-No Sugar Added

-No Trans Fat

-All Natural

There are a lot of different statements a foods label can make.  And if they can, trust me, they will.  While it’s true that food companies will try to promote the good things their foods have (ex. “good source of fiber”) they will also put any claim they can on a label to let you know what they are not.

Foods have become so altered, processed and manufactured that they have to make claims they don’t have, or aren’t a certain something for us to be aware of it.  Doesn’t it seem strange that a food has to have a label for us to know that it doesn’t have high fructose syrup, or that it doesn’t have any of the deadly trans fat?

Shouldn’t they, like anything else, have to let us know if they are altered, modified or potentially dangerous?  Household cleaners have to carry a warning about consumption.  Toys and medicines have to carry labels warning misuse.  But foods, on the other hand,  make claims, not of their dangers, but that they are safe.

Things that make you go “Hmm”.

I digress.

Whenever I see a food label that makes a claim that they aren’t something, it makes me wonder what they are that they aren’t saying.  (I agree…that sentence was a little confusing.)

By the way, you know what doesn’t have any high fructose corn syrup?  A carrot.

Guess what doesn’t have any trans fat?  A chicken breast.  No, not a chicken patty, nugget or strip.  A chicken breast.  One that you have to cook, not just warm up.

Oh, and did you know that an almond is all natural.  Unless you buy it covered in salt in honey-roasted-goodness.

So here is a cheat sheet for you, if you’re wanting to eat foods that are able to make the above claims, you are always safe with vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and organic meats.  So make it easy on yourself and go with foods that just are, instead of ones that tell you what they aren’t.