The realness about food labels.....
Food manufacturers play this game of what's on the front of the package for nutritional claims and the truth are not the same. The packaging by law, has to present the true picture in the nutritional facts.
Great food claims on the front of the package aren't always the truth. Which is such a let down when you fall in love with a brand's taste and then later do a hard comparison to other brands. This is highly concerning ESPECIALLY when you are looking to lose weight! Why should we place our hard earned dollars into products which are loaded with misleading facts?
Which on thinking more on this more, it really makes you realize unless you're spending extra time in the grocery store reading and comparing labels, you'll never loss weight easily. Foods which look the best for weight loss from the front label - Low Fat, Low Calorie, No Added Sugar, No GMOs, Organic products (etc. etc. the list goes on) sometimes are NOT at all. We've all heard about reading labels and counting macros, but sometimes it's just not all that clear until you compare different brands in the store side by side. Even by counting macros that doesn't help if you've been buying a brand for years that is full of misleading info. Later you'll realize you could of been using a brand better suited to your health goals. There's much more to the story than just the front of the package especially when it comes to the list of ingredients found in our foods which is in another language only a chemist could translate.
I've found with my own weight loss journey there was something not right about our food labeling system. Why are things allowed to be labeled the way they are on the front? This is the bigger question. Claims made more for marketing and sales.
While eating Greek yogurt daily and salads myself, but not losing more weight this made me wonder. This got me thinking about what exactly was in my Greek yogurt and dressing? What's wrong with my eating plan or the foods I'm eating? How can I fix it? Something was a miss somewhere. Upon further reading and studying on weight loss, one thing is very clear; anytime a product has great claim on the front, the back doesn't always match those same nutritional claims. We must be read all of our labels in the store. Compare all of our favorite brands we are consuming to all the other brands for carbs, sugar, protein and fat. Depending on your own health needs and requirements - Things like sodium etc. should be considered or other ingredients you're sensitive to (keep those in mind too)
Two of the biggest foods with weight loss to watch for are yogurts and salad dressings. Both are loaded with hidden carbs and sugars. One tip I can share is by simply switching to plain Greek yogurt it's much healthier alternative. Adding your own vanilla, natural sweeteners etc. and berries will save a ton of sugar and carbs. Another tip is to consider making your own salad dressings and/or at least read all the labels and compare brands. To look for for the hidden sugar and carbs. These two tips alone can save you loads of calories and boost your weight loss.