With front pages currently covering news about the horse meat scandal, many of us are rethinking our food. Public confidence in the food industry has been undermined by the horse meat scandal. But the way food manufacturers fools us is actually no news. Products dressed up by creative marketing teams as high quality food, is being sold to us every day.
For example, an effective low carb diet for weight loss should be based on real food which humans have been eating for thousands or even millions of years, such as meat, fish, vegetables, eggs, butter, olive oil, nuts etc.
A common mistake when being new to a low carb lifestyle is getting fooled by the creative marketing of special “low carb” products. If you want to lose weight you’d better avoid these special “low carb” products which are full of carbohydrates.
Creative marketers are doing all they can to fool you and to get your money. They will tell you that you can eat cookies, pasta, ice cream, bread and plenty of chocolate on their low carb diet, as long as you buy their products. Don’t be fooled, these products are full of starch, sugar alcohols, flour, sweeteners and odd additives.
I don’t want to name and shame any food manufactures here but as a consumer; always check the nutrition information provided on food products’ package labels. Products by these creative marketers do not keep even near to a maximum of 5% of carbohydrate per 100 grams of food. Their products are full of starch, sugar alcohols, flour, sweeteners and odd additives.
Unfortunately there are plenty of companies trying to trick you into buying their “low carb” junk food. However, two simple rules to avoid this junk food are:
- Don’t eat “low carb” versions of high carb stuff, like cookies, bars, chocolate, bread, pasta or ice cream – unless you are completely sure of the ingredients. Rather make your food yourself – then you know what is in it.
- Avoid products being marketed with the words “net carbs”. That’s usually just a way to fool you.
Summary: Rethink your food and try to stay away from industrially, manmade produced food. Focus on eating good quality, minimally processed, real food. The food you buy shouldn’t need to have a long list of ingredients and additives you’ve never heard of before. For more info about real food, check out the basic LCHF food.