Today let's talk about what you're putting into your body. You
are what you eat, as the old saying goes, so why not be made of something
good? But what is "good" anymore? There is so much out there
about "organic," "natural," "whole grain,"
"whole wheat," and the like. No fat, no trans fat, low carb,
low this, low that, no added sugar, it seems everything has one of these
types of labels on it. So let's take a look at somet things that are
really good and some things that are just empty marketing jargon.
Per the USDA (US Dept of Agriculture) the term "organic" is protected
by national standards, and only foods that meet these standards can be
labeled "organic." As far as your body is concerned, organic
is the most preferable form of food/nutrients. This is because organic
foods are truly "natural" in that it is grown the way nature
intended, without hormones, genetically modified, steroids, or "filler
materials." There is a lot of "unkown" when it comes to
genetically modified (GM) foods, such as they way they will affect your
body in the long term. While organic is more expensive, it is by far the
top choice when it comes to the types of food you are putting in your body.
"Genetically Modified Organics/GMs/GMOs"
As stated in the above section, there is a lot of debate on GMO's and
their effect on the human body. For me personally, I will stay away from
things that I don't know what/how they will affect me. While there
are many biased opinions on GMO's, the unbiased advice would be to
do your own research on them and the effects/unknown effects they have.
While the USDA protects the term "organic," there is no such
protection for the term "natural" when it comes to labeling
foods. Be careful when looking at foods labeled "natural" as
this is often a very vague/open term, aka "marketing jargon."
There are many other types of labels on food products to be wary of, such
as low carb, low fat, etc. etc. While these labels are generally true,
often times when companies remove something unhealthy such as the fat
content, they replace it with something else that is also unhealthy, i.e.
a man-made chemical. As always, the best thing you can do when deciding
what is good/not good for you is doing your own research from reliable,
unbiased, factual sources and deciding for yourself. At True Wellness
we take pride in being more than the average Chiropractic clinic, and
will be glad to talk more with you about any nutrition topics or general
health topics you may want to know about!
Call any of our clinics to schedule your free consultation with the Doctor today!