Have you ever been in a grocery store aisle and asked yourself, “How in the world do I know which product is healthy?” You do your research, that’s how: study the label, serving size, ingredients and so on. Similarly, when someone expresses Biblical Truth, how do you know if it’s actually Truth or a half-truth? You study your Bible, that’s how!
“Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty or riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me.” (Proverbs 30:8)
Therefore, as in your Christian walk, I don’t want you to be fooled by misinformation either:
If asked, how many would say, “yes”? Probably many. Truth be told, it’s not and here’s why:
2% milk is actually 40% saturated fat. “How’d they get away with that????” you indignantly ask. Unfortunately people believe what they are told People are very trusting while advertisers pursue their almighty dollar.
That 2% statistic is based on volume not calories. For example, if I have a gallon of lemon juice and drop two tablespoons of olive oil into that container, only 2% of the total volume is now fat. However, now it represents almost all of the calories contained within it: 98% fat calories.
- To break yourself from 2% milk, use visualization skills. Every time your family sits down to a glass of 2% milk, visualize 40% as pure butter. Whole milk is worse at 50% fat, 1% is approximately 20% and skim milk, although it carries trace amounts of fat, can be classified as fat-free due to regulatory cut-off levels. Nowadays, skim tastes extremely similar to 1% so give it a try. Do you know that skim milk actually contains more nutrients and protein than regular milk? Sure does!
“Are enriched foods better for us?”
When you think of the word, enriched, you’d think it means “better than” right? Actually it simply means “up to”. To keep wheat products fresher longer, (the oils in wheat germ spoil faster) they take the rich, nutrient-dense wheat germ out of the flour, breads, pastas and cereals to lengthen shelf life. Then they infuse the resulting, processed product with a few vitamins and minerals to make up for it.
- Choose whole grains as much as possible. Whole grain is classified as the entire seed or plant: oatmeal, corn, brown rice, potatoes, whole wheat bread and pastas. Not only do you benefit from nutrients, you also consume valuable fiber for colon health!
“Are salads a healthier alternative?”
Not if you pour high fat cheese, egg, bacon bits, croutons and high fat salad dressing over it! Neither are taco salads, coleslaw, potato, tuna and macaroni salad smothered in mayonnaise a great choice either.
- Consume dark greens with garden vegetables, then add chicken, Canadian bacon or white meat turkey.
- Salad dressing is the #1 fat item people consume daily. Create your own vinaigrettes using herbs, spices, vinegar and infused oils.
“Are fresh fruits and vegetables more nutritious than frozen or canned?”
Growing up on a New Jersey farm, there was nothing better than a tomato right out of the garden! Unfortunately, how many have a garden? Usually one gets to the store where the produce sat, you buy it, take it home, it sits around losing nutrients, then you finally eat it days later.
- Fresh is absolutely best if consumed quickly but days of waiting allow produce to lose valuable nutrients. Frozen is picked and flash-frozen immediately so frozen’s another good choice. Canned foods contain sodium and usually preservatives. Drink lots of water afterwards to wash excess sodium away.
Don’t believe everything you read, eat wisely and remember anything is fine in moderation!