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Read the Label, Live Better, Longer

I’m an avid reader of food labels, mainly because what I don’t know may eventually kill me. Most products showcase in huge letters on the fronts of packages, one nutritious ingredient. Great sell right? For many that’s all it takes to grab and buy, but if you don’t read the label you’re missing out on the most important information. Case in point, I’ve been trying to get my husband to be more aware of what he’s putting into his “temple.” So he goes to the supermarket and scoops up 100% whole grain Fig Newtons, comes home, and brags that he picked up some healthy cookies. I flip over the package, and sure enough the cookies do contain whole grain, but then it goes downhill fast. As I scan the label I see high fructose corn syrup, which aside from being blamed for contributing to childhood obesity, also contains mercury, according to some researchers, and was concocted in a laboratory! The list goes on. Partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, which is the worst kind of fat. Getting back to what you don’t know may kill you…trans fats are so lethal that according to top nutritionists at Harvard, before trans fats were cut out of a lot of our foods, they may have been responsible for as many as 30,000 premature coronary deaths every year. Studies show that trans fats increase our bad cholesterol the same way that saturated fat in meat and butter does. Am I making my point? Please read the labels, www.lifeclinic.com/focus/nutrition/foodlabel.asp, and opt for healthier options. I buy a very similar, delicious cookie at my local health food store for just 39 cents more. Pay a little more now, or a lot more at your doctor’s office later. I don’t know about you, but I want to enjoy what I’m eating without the worry, it’s just another ingredient that I don’t need.

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