Labels that are not synonyms for healthy

Food production companies are looking to make money. They’ll put whatever is legal (and push that boundary) on the food packaging to get people to buy it.

The following are commonly used but not necessarily healthy.

  • all natural
  • organic
  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • dairy-free
  • fat-free (or low fat)
  • sugar-free (or low sugar)
  • GMO-free
  • low-carb
  • whole wheat
  • high protein

This is not to say that these labels have no value—some of them do, particularly if you have food allergies or sensitivities or if you recognize that food shopping is a political act. But they’re not necessarily healthy.

I will do a post about each in the coming weeks, but for now, let these labels raise a red flag for you.

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