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4 ingredients that sound healthier than they really are (and 4 that sound scary but aren’t)

By Michelle Edelbaum, September 17, 2010 - 4:42pm

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Michelle asks: What ingredients do you wonder about?  

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I see "Natural Flavor" listed often within the ingredients label. Do you have any information about this ingredient ?

Anonymous

09/12/2013 - 5:32pm

A very interesting blog, Thanks for posting it.
When i was raising my kids, I told them that if they could read the ingredients in a food product, then i would buy it. Later, when they got older and could propnounce Butylated, I told them that they had to know what the ingredient was, That allowed me to feed them a basicaly healthy diet of real food.
As a nutrition consultant, I would tell my clients that if the ingredients list looked like a menu, to eat it, if it looked a chemistry set, to avoid it.
Keep it real.

Anonymous

10/25/2010 - 6:03am

Gluten...what is the latest "gluten free" craze all about?

Anonymous

10/18/2010 - 9:26pm

I want to know more, about th red food coloring that comes from BEETLES! My goodness, what they won't add yet!

Anonymous

10/18/2010 - 2:45pm

MSG. i have heard it is listed by different names. is that true?

Anonymous

10/08/2010 - 3:16pm

You state that Xanthan gum and Maltodextrin are not that scary and are just startches added to low-fat foods for body and binding. Yes, that's true. However, those starches are carbohydrates. They add calories and can effect your tri-glycerides, like the other carbohydrates you mention earlier in the piece. The trade-off of a possibly healthy fat for an additional carbohydrate is not always a health choice. I know too many people who think the low-fat dressing, loaded with these carbohydrates to replace the fat, are healthy for them. They are not. A dressing that uses a healthy fat like olive oil or walnut oil would be better for you and your heart than the low-fat dressings filled with these carbohydrates to fool your mouth into not missing the fat.

Anonymous

10/07/2010 - 7:20am

Maltodextrine is NOT a good ingredient - it acts look SUGAR for most diabetics and therefore raises blood glucose --

Anonymous

10/06/2010 - 10:51am

Hemp:I have some granola bars that say there's hemp in them. I'm looking for a job. Will that make me fail a drug test?

Anonymous

10/06/2010 - 8:21am

So, I should not take a supplement with omega 3-6-9?

Anonymous

10/05/2010 - 10:26pm

this was a very helpful piece ,would like to hear about more such added ingrediants , oils, types of oils and their effects , , snacks we cosume espl those related to our children thanks

Anonymous

10/05/2010 - 10:25pm

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