A trip to the grocery store can feel like an assault on common sense for nutrition obsessed people, such as myself. Sometimes the idiotic products and label claims seem to jump right off the shelf. Here are five particularly offensive products you really don’t need. Check out the podcast for all the details:
- Fruit by the Foot – Shockingly, it claims to have actual fruit content: pears from concentrate. What does that mean? The rest is additives, flavorings and colorings. None of which you’d find in actual real fresh fruit.
- Vitamin Water – No one needs this. Those few cheap vitamins thrown into Vitamin Water are everywhere – cereals, flour, bars, vitamin pills. Not to mention in real food, too.
- Krave chocolate cereal. Oh, but it’s multigrain. I feel so much better. Doesn’t everyone need a sugary breakfast with a mutigrain Health Halo? Great way for your kids to start the day.
- Amp sugar-free, no-calorie “Energy” drink. Since calories ARE energy, it’s anyone’s guess where the so-called energy comes from.
- Emergen-C: “Little packets of Kapow?” Well, your kidneys probably think so. No one needs 1000 mg of vitamin C in one dose. If your kidneys are working OK, most of that vitamin C ends up going down the drain.
The podcast concludes with some insights into use of the word “Contains…(nutrient)” you frequently find on the front of food packages. Is it meaningful, or just a Health Halo?