Think you’re eating healthy? Think again

Read every label and don’t buy foods, whether at a supermarket or restaurant, if you can’t see nutrition information.

When I first met with a nutritionist to discuss health eating after my 2012 angioplasty, I brought along four pages of foods I liked to eat. She told me one by one that they were all unhealthy. Most had too much of one or more of what I call the evil triangle of American food — sugar, salt or fat.

My low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar pantry.
My low-salt, low-fat, low-sugar pantry. Are these healthy? For me, they are. Read every label before buying any food products.

This blog is the result of that meeting and of my attempt to keep eating foods I find tasty while cutting out the evil triangle. But it is extremely tough in a world of so many mixed food messages. That point was brought home to me by a recent piece I read on npr.org headlined 75 Percent of Americans Say They Eat Healthy — Despite Evidence To The Contrary.

People don’t really know what healthy means and more importantly what it means for them individually since we all respond differently to various foods, etc. Many believe the marketing messages they’re getting even when they’re flat-out wrong, the article notes.

“The industry has people thinking that many of their items are healthy,” the article quotes Barry Popkin, a professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina as saying. Popkin singles out sugar-filled granola bars as an example, people, have been led to believe they’re healthy but they;re loaded with sugar, and sometimes salt as well, I should add.

Read every label and don’t buy foods, whether at a supermarket or restaurant, if you can’t see nutrition information.

John

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