Reading Labels

Whenever you go shopping for food, reading labels on the products you buy is one of the most important things you can do.  You’ll find that on each product there is a summary of nutritional information.  However, this summary does not always tell a great deal about what is in the product.  Further, this summary often excludes things that are extremely important to know.

Each label for instance, has an item called sugar.  One would think that if this says zero “0” that there would be actually no sugar in the product.  This is not the case in many instances.  Products that say no added sugar or sugar free are usually not telling you the truth.  They often contain sugar and some other form that is not required to be included in the nutritional information chart.

Sometimes sugar free products contain what are known as sugar alcohols.  The sugar alcohols are just as bad, and sometimes even worse than real processed sugar.  Don’t let them fool you.  Any kind of sugar, including sugar alcohol, is too be avoided on a hypoglycemic diet.  Even though the sugar alcohol may have a different effect on blood sugar levels, it still adversely affects the hypothalamus.

Another reason to read labels is that they give more detail than the front of the package.  Oftentimes the package will say something like “whole wheat”, “all natural”, or something like this.  Again, don’t be deceived by the marketing that is done on the package.  Make sure you look at the ingredients one by one and check for those that are not part of the stop alcoholism protocols.

Here’s a list of things to be avoided if you see them in the ingredients…

Sugar

High fructose corn syrup

Evaporated cane juice

Wheat flour

Enriched flour

The list could go on and on…  There are so many different names that can be used to describe the content of a product they can get very confusing.  This is why it is better to look at ingredients carefully. Whenever possible, choose food that is as close to what nature intended.

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