Sunday, 24 February 2013

Read Those Labels

While surfing the Internet this morning I came across an advertisement for a few PC products.  These products are on the Blue Menu label which are supposed to be the Healthier Choice, containing 2g fat, 18g carbs, 13g sugar, 3g protein per 1/2 cup serving.  However reading the ingredients list it is easy to see that this product is anything but a healthy choice.

PC Blue Menu Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Vanilla


Milk, modified milk ingredients, sugar, glucose solids, natural flavour, mono and diglycerides, cellulose gum, guar gum, polysorbate 80, carrageenan, encapsulated fish oil [refined fish oil (anchovy, sardine), fish gelatin, sodium ascorbate, canola oil, natural flavour, tocopherols (from soy), sunflower oil, citric acid], active bacterial cultures [l. Bulgaricus, l. Lactis, s. Thermophilus, b. Lactis hn019™ (lyo 500 dcu)]. May contain peanuts and tree nuts. Frozen yogurt base made with 100% canadian milk.

I've highlighted in red all the ingredients I would never eat, purple I normally avoid and orange I would avoid because I'm not sure what they are!  The sugar isn't great either but at least I know what it is.

I would never eat this product, ever and what I really don't understand is how this product can call itself the Healthier Choice.  Is it just because it is low in fat?  There is so much more to it than that.  

Oh and one of the comments in the customer reviews says this product is "Diabetic Friendly" because it is low in sugar.  A tablespoon of sugar in 1/2 cup serving is not low in sugar, and it's certainly not diabetic friendly.  I know if I were to eat this my blood sugar would spike and crash for sure because of the high amount of sugar.

The moral of the story is don't trust the labelling on a package.  Read the ingredients and judge for yourself whether the product is something you want to nourish your body with.

Rant over :)

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