Note: This post first appeared on my foodie blog, Mum Eats, on 17 September, 2013.
Society has arrived at a place of convenience. We shop where it’s closest, and we eat what is fastest. This also leaves us with pretty unhealthy options. Following is a little more information about natural and processed foods, and basic information on how to pick the best foods for a healthier life.
Natural Is Healthy?
Just because something is “natural” doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Just to give you some idea, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t put strict parameters around labeling food as natural. According to them, a natural food may have no added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances. However, does this mean something is healthy? If it has carbonated water and lots of sugar instead of aspartame, does that mean it’s good for you? Let’s put it another way: tobacco is natural. Does that mean it is healthy to chew on or inhale? No. Consider these things when you see a food labeled “all natural ingredients.” Just because it’s not artificial doesn’t mean it is good for you. [Read more…]