Did you know that you still need to be a cautious and savvy shopper, even in your local health food store?
Sadly, not all that is marketed as "natural" or "healthy" or "organic" is even remotely as it's manufacturers claim. This is particularly true when it comes to packaged, convenience foods!
A couple of weeks ago, my darling husband sent me out to the store to spend "whatever I needed" (his words- isn't he sweet?) on a few simple, convenience foods to get me through another week so that we could reassess where I was at with the whole cooking-with-morning sickness thing come February (and thankfully, it's been improving!).
As I perused the natural, organics aisle of my local grocery store (quite aimlessly I might add- where was my menu plan? And my detailed shopping list? I was a lost woman!), I was once again reminded of something that I felt was worth sharing.
No matter what the package says, you still need to read the ingredients!!!!
Case in point: I was thinking of buying a box of organic arborio rice with a seasoning package. I flipped the package over, expecting to find ingredients like simple spices, parmesan cheese, etc. And what did I find? MSG! Ever-so-shrewdly hidden under the name "autolyzed yeast extract", but make no mistake ladies, it's the same chemical!
It always, always, always pays to be an informed label reader. No matter where you are shopping or what you are buying!
I had been buying these very reasonably priced frozen filets of Wild Pacific Salmon for well over a year, never once thinking that I should look on the label (because what else would I expect to find in a frozen package of wild salmon except, well, salmon?). While discussing grocery budgets with a friend one day, the salmon came up and she mentioned that it was too bad about that preservative in the fish. Wait a minute- what preservative?
Sure enough, I pulled a package out of my freezer and there it was! Why didn't I think to look before? Lesson learned. Always, always, always read the label!
After all, if this (the Canadian version of Red Bull Energy Drink) can be labeled as a "natural health product" (look closely at the bottom of the can):
then anything can be called "healthy"!
Has anyone else noticed this trend of labelling items as "healthy" whether they are or not? Are you a label reader yourself? Would it serve anyone to have a lesson in how to read a label or some of the key ingredients to look out for?