Are Processed Snack Foods Replacing More-Nutritious Real Foods?
Various snack foods are being aggressively marketed today as ‘healthy,’ based on claims about some of their ingredients. For instance, ‘veggie sticks’ are marketed as helping parents to overcome their children’s resistance to eating healthy vegetables.
Actually, these products are made with dry vegetable powder, plus a host of other ingredients; and — although they may not in most cases be harmful — they may lack some of the healthy nutritious ingredients and fiber that are found in actual carrot, celery, and cucumber sticks and pieces of zucchini. So, they’re in any case not quite as good for your body.
Gluten-free bread was originally developed for folks who have celiac disease (an inheritable, genetic, autoimmune-system disorder), or an outright allergy to gluten. However, they usually provide fewer vitamins, protein, and fiber and more salt than ordinary whole-grain bread. So they’re certainly not ‘healthier’ for the vast majority of folks who don’t have problems with digesting gluten; thus, those folks have no reason to be consuming gluten-free products. Celiac disease is estimated to affect about one out of every 170 people worldwide, although this rate may range for various individual populations from one out of every 40 to one out of every 300.
‘Veggie burgers’ are obligatory for ideological vegetarians and vegans, but are they obviously ‘healthier’ for everybody else? Not necessarily. The lists of ingredients in ‘veggie burgers’ can be fascinating; they may contain gluten (so look out if you have any problem with gluten). and fillers such as methyl cellulose that have zero nutritional value. Hamburger meat, on the other hand, sometimes consists of just ground beef and added salt. Some ‘veggie burgers,’ of course, are made with perfectly-fine protein from soybeans, other beans, or lentils — although even in these cases some of the nutritional benefits of this good stuff may get lost during processing. So, do read the ingredients list before switching from beef hamburgers to ‘veggie burgers.’
Loose trail mix, consisting of peanuts and raisins, is very healthy stuff. Trail-mix bars, on the other hand, although they’re more convenient to eat, generally need to have something sugary — maple syrup, honey. or agave may be used — as a binder to keep the peanuts and raisins all together as a neat bar. So, just be aware of what you’re eating.
Three cups of popcorn made at home by popping dried popcorn kernels in cooking oil, contains about 126 calories, has just two ingredients, and has no salt and thus no sodium. On the other hand, three cups of ‘Smart food’ brand white-cheddar-flavor popcorn contains 290 calories, several more ingredients, and 525 milligrams of sodium. Take your choice. And, it’s probably best to interpret the term ‘Smart’ in any food brand as a red flag, requiring you to actually read the list of ingredients for that food.
One brand of baked potato chips is claimed by its marketer to contain ‘65% less fat’ than do competing brands of deep-fried potato chips. Twenty years ago, when the conventional wisdom was that eating fat was Bad For Your Health, this claim was powerful. No more; the conventional wisdom today is that eating a balanced diet of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates is what’s actually best for your health. Baked and deep-fried potato chips have fairly similar amounts of calories but the baked ones often have more salt and thus more sodium, and more starchy carbohydrates — which some researchers believe are worse for your health than some vegetable oil. Again, take your choice.
In all six of these instances, canny food marketers have described their products in ways that make them sound Better For Your Health. But are they, really? It’s your body that’s at risk, so you be the judge.
In any case, you should look into CLE Holistic Health Naavudi; it’s a natural vegetarian blend of nine herbs, each of which has been used in traditional Asian medicinal practice for centuries or even for millennia. Some of these herbs are also often used to add flavoring, in various Asian cuisines. Each of these nine Naavudi ingredients is quite potent by itself, but when they are combined into Naavudi they synergistically operate as more than the sum of their separate contributions.
Naavudi can help folks suffering from high-blood glucose levels, from glycosuria (glucose in their urine, aka ‘sweet pee’), or even from Diabetes, to manage their blood-glucose levels. Modern medical research is now studying the effects of many of these ancient herbs, and some of them have passed certain clinical tests. CLE Holistic Health offers Naavudi in the form of 550-milligram vegetarian capsules. Like other CLE herbal products, it’s prepared from herbs that have been raised organically on CLE’s own farmland plots, and then harvested and processed and packaged using CLE’s proprietary methods, with CLE employees doing the work at every step of the way, in order to maintain excellent control of quality, purity, and uniformity.
It’s not known to interact with prescription medicines, so you can try it out without otherwise changing your medicinal regimen. Doesn’t Naavudi sound like something that you should be looking into?