Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Read the Labels: Soy Lecithin

Oh my goodness! Have you taken the time to stop and read the labels on the items your buying lately? I know, we don't have time to do that. Believe me, I am a mama of 4 who usually has them with me at the stores, but I am learning how important it is to READ the INGREDIENTS on the BACK of products!

Research always says to read labels and to read the ingredients, but really it is so important! Honestly just ignore the front of the package, because it's made to look appealing and use words that are leading you to buy it, not to be the healthiest you!  So look at the ingredient list on the BACK! If it's hard to pronounce most likely it's not good for you. If you really want to know what that ingredient is type it into google! Most store clerks don't know the answer, but will pretend like they do (whole other subject).

Here are a couple of quick tips to look for with reading ingredient labels...

1. Pea(nut) Butter: Look for Peanut butter (or other nut butters) that say, "Ingredient: Raw, or Roasted  ____nuts. That's it! NO added oils! Many companies add oils. It's not needed. Raw is always better, but avoid the added oils!
2. Spices: Make sure to look that your spices do not have added MSG
3. Snacks: Look to make sure there is not high fructose corn syrup, bleached flour, or Soy Lecithin
4. Juices: Pretty much try to stay away from anything that is concentrate. If the ingredients does not read, "Carrots" for carrot Juice, or "Apples for apple juice" you may want to leave it in the store. It will do more good there!
5. Dried Fruit: make sure there is no added sugar or oil. Many times companies will add oil or sugar to their product. It is not a health food with those two added in!

Okay and here is the what I wanted to share about Soy Lecithin. It's funny, but informative!

Have you all heard of this ingredient? I have to share, because as I have been reading more labels and trying to research them, it is mind boggling that the industry can get away with putting some of these harmful chemicals in our foods. Soy Lecithin is in a ton of claimed "healthy" foods that are on the shelfs. Even at Trader Joes, Whole Foods, and Sprouts. YEEK! You got to read labels!

I have found Soy Lecithin in these products in the video and also in...
*Dark and milk chocolate
* Almond and Rice Milk ice creams
* Some Vegan substitute snacks
Obvious it is best to make your own "Real God created" Food, but if you don't have all that time or lots of kids, like me, just be sure to read the labels and buy the products that are truly pure... not just claim to be!

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