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4 sneaky health-food ingredients to watch out for

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., March 19, 2012 - 1:45pm

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Brierley asks: Which of these sneaky ingredients were a surprise to you?




03/06/2014 - 1:15pm

Most of this is old news for those of us who DO read labels. My family and I read them thoroughly and conscientiously, because we have people in the family who are either sensitive or allergic to many ingredients.

I'd like to make one comment. Stevia is not an "artificial sweetener." While it's true that it's not SUGAR, plain Stevia is an organic product that is produced from stevia plant leaves. It is actually GOOD for you, and contains trace minerals.

Many people, these days, are actually growing their own stevia plants, and simply use the leaves to sweeten their tea or just make tea from them. The powder that comes in jars, etc. is an extract, but as long as you are careful to not get the brands that are mixed with erythritol or artificial sweeteners, then Stevia is going to be good for you.

Personally, I use Truvia, because the OTHER sweetener in there (erythritol) is OK with me. I also keep pure Stevia on hand for those who don't like the mix.


05/08/2012 - 7:04pm

I don't totally agree with evyerthing she says. I have a healthy sense of balance and skepticism; however, I really only listened at first because she's attractive but after a couple of videos she certainly made a solid case for her points which correlate with the majority of nutritionalists. Lower the processed foods, exercise, and eat in moderation and get enough sleep. Yeah sleep, if you're tired your body craves refined carbs or for coffee addicts caffeine to help stimulate the brain.


05/02/2012 - 5:17pm

I enjoyed this information. Thank you. It’s always helpful to have a nice reminder of things to look for on an ingredient label. I appreciate that you brought out the point of many items now containing artificial sweeteners. I am always cautious of buying products containing these. But I must add that you have added Stevia to the list of artificial sweeteners. Stevia is infact a natural sweetener, it is taken from a Stevia plant. I do not agree with it being added along with the list of man-made, artificial sweeteners.


03/29/2012 - 11:56pm

As usual, the fats in butter are called harmful while the fats in margarine are called “good.” It is precisely the other way around. All dietitians should know by now that dairy fats DO NOT elevate the small particle LDL which can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, but in fact reduce the risk by raising HDL and lowering lipoprotein(a). It’s no wonder that our rates of disease remain so high when we’re constantly being bombarded with wrong information.


03/22/2012 - 9:49pm

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