Dearhealthyness

Is it True or False?

Hello my friends! Today I was reading the newspaper, and I stumble upon this article: “Seven-a-day fruit and veg saves lifes”. Well, it obviously called my attention, and as I was reading it, I remembered a nice chat I had with mom during the weekend. Our conversation was all about health and nutrition, and the fact that today you’re likely to hear that potatoes are good, then tomorrow they’ll give you cancer.

I don’t know about you, but I found this types of contradictions confusing, even when I’m constantly reading and learning. I hear one new advice and all I can think of is: Is it true or false? While I don’t usually believe everything I read/see/hear, I do have the need to make my research, to arrive to a conclusion.

Today many companies have health and nutrition claims about most of the foods. However, it takes a nice and deep understanding of food, health, and nutrition labels to select the best options for you. As a matter of fact, given that not all people read the labels, consumers are more likely to see an ad that a sugary cereal is full of whole grains, and they’ll buy it, because they believe it’s true. Food companies advertising and marketing strategies are so deceiving. Why? Because they know, that though there are some health freaks like me, the majority of people don’t take the time to read the labels, the ingredients list, and to do their own research of health and nutrition claims.

That said, I believe we should do our own research. Why? Because, at least weekly, you’ll hear that you should eat this, then a few weeks later you’ll hear that you shouldn’t. For example (one of the most annoying things my mom heard) You shouldn’t eat organic. MY GOD!! I was perplexed, angry, and then I told her “mom you know how this works, let’s keep eating the way we eat, I’ll keep reading and teaching you everything I learn.” Seriously, we’ll get crazy wondering if everything we see/read/hear is true or false :S

Don’t let big companies deceive you or your loves ones!!!! Keep reading and learning (from reliable sources of course). My advice will always be: eat real food, and avoid processed food as much as possible. Learn new recipes, create your own bread, read, read and read!!!!!

See ya tomorrow ;)

Tuesday question:

What are your thoughts? 

Do you read labels and nutrition facts?

Do you believe health claims in cereals?

Xx Jess

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8 thoughts on “Is it True or False?

    1. Jess Post author

      Cheers to hope for the best and not die while trying! haha, reality is if we listen to every single claim we would not be able to eat or drink anything at all!

  1. Cailee

    This is such a great post!! It is soooo confusing to know what to eat these days!! It’s often so conflicting! On one side, people say that greek yogurt is so good for you… but then on the other side, dairy is evil! I guess you just have to find what works for you personally! Thanks for the article!

    1. Jess Post author

      Yupppp!! Today a food product is your greatest friend, tomorrow don’t even think about it or you’ll get sick! What works for me doesn’t have to work for you, agree!!

  2. Jordan @ The Blonde Vegan

    I absolutely love this! The contradictions that are out there in the food world right now are SO CONFUSING, and they have many people very baffled about what to eat! The most important things to do are eat whole, unprocessed, real foods (as you said!), listen to your body and do what works for you. Everyone’s bodies are different, and that’s where the main problem is coming from! Good for you for spreading the word of health :) amazing post!

  3. Jessie

    Yes Yes Yes! You nailed this right on. I’ve just come to learn that there will always be someone saying what I eat isn’t right or what the person next to me eats is wrong. I have and wil always eat what I want, and determine what’s good and not good for me. Besides a successful diet plan is based on bio-individuality, meaning that one person food may be another person poison.

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