Foodfacts.com observes that many families have a hard time trying to decide what foods they should be eating and which one to avoid. The problem is a lot of the nutritional information out there is contradictory. This, along with the need to save time, to make quick lunches or dinners makes many families susceptible to making the wrong food choices. If you see the numbers of harried moms in the drive thru line at your local fast food joint, you know what I mean. They know it’s not right, but they may have no idea how bad it really is for their children and deep down the make excuses for buying this “food”.
You should always be informed about the nutritional information about all of the food you eat and the food you serve your family. It is important to be aware that there are resources to help you in this regard. Foodfacts.com, for example, provides objective information about the ingredients within all of the major foods you consume, and membership is free. Meanwhile, if you eat often at a certain restaurant, you should look online to see if you can find out more about what you like to have. You might be shocked to see the calories and fat grams in a simple fast food hamburger, but this is only the half of it. You don’t know where the meat came from and what it has inside, or what the other ingredients it contains.
The same hamburger made at home will probably have half of fat that fast food has and you can control what ingredients go into your hamburger. It is partially about ingredients, and it is also a bit about how they prepare the meals. Many of these places have been put under pressure to release nutritional information, and this is making some more aware of what they are eating.
Most fast foods use microwave ovens to heat their products. It has been established that heating or cooking food with the microwave causes changes in the molecular structure of food, so that you body does not see it as food but as a toxin.
Now for the food that we buy in the grocery store, many of the things listed with nutritional information is not what it might seem. You can see the word “juice” on a bottle of drinks, but you don’t know if that is really juice until you have read the nutritional information on the back of the bottle. Many times you can pick up these bottles to find that they only contain about ten percent fruit juice, and the rest of it is water and sugar. This is not what you want to see when you are looking for real juice. The real fact is juices that are in bottles have no enzymes that help make them more digestible. Not only that their pH value has been changed for being alkaline to being acidic. You want your juices to be alkaline for good health.
Nutritional information is very important when you are dieting, or when there may be foods that are bothering your children. There are many preservatives that are questionable in nature, and there are some that believe these might contribute to some strange behaviors in kids. Various food additives are known to excite the brain into un-normal activity in children causing them to become hyperactive or less responsive to learning.
Take time to study and learn more about how processed food is harmful to you and your family. Start moving toward more whole foods that provide the nutrition that you need. Nutritional information is the basis for you to work from when selecting your foods.
Source: Unique Fitness Tips
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