What's Really in 'Healthy' Foods?
Most of us are very trusting when it comes to food labels. When it says "Healthy!" or "All Natural!" we generally accept that at face value and don't take into consideration what it really means. Many Americans are eating what they think is very healthy, but without fully understanding how the food companies go through loopholes to label their food "all natural" for example. One of the biggest offenders tends to be "wheat bread."
Wheat bread is a meaningless term since almost all bread is made with wheat. Some companies add to the healthy "wheat" illusion by darkening bread with brown sugar or molasses, according to this Wall Street Journal article. FYI - the healthiest bread is whole wheat, which includes the outer bran and the wheat germ inside, good sources of nutrients and fiber. Be sure to always check the ingredients when you buy food and do your research so you too can be savvy when it comes to reading ingredient labels. If the first one listed is "enriched wheat flour," you aren't getting much whole grain. Click here for more info and more of the main offenders.