Protect yourself- Read the labels


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First things first. It is the beginning of a new year and the perfect time to take control of your health for the rest of your life. The food manufacturers are literally taking our good health away from us by their misleading advertisements. And have left us brainwashed into thinking it is good for us. We must be health advocates for our children and ourselves. Most importantly, READ labels. And we are not talking about the front labels that misleadingly say ALL NATURAL. You need to read the ingredients label thoroughly, before you buy.  This, we cannot stress enough. The next part is how to decipher the meaning of the ingredients. Of course, anything with high fructose or corn syrup is a big NO-NO. Canola oil, which has been touted as “good for you”, is actually a GMO. And in Europe, some of the countries have legally banned all GMO’s. Corn oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil, all of which seem benign-are not. And then of course, we like to go with the rule of thumb, if you can’t pronounce it, you  probably shouldn’t have it. We have barely touched upon the “stay away from list”. So, please feel free to jump in and add to it.


About daveagi

Dave has been in the health food industry for over 20 years and bodybuilding for 30 years. I (Agi), have been a registered nurse for over 25 years and former ballet dancer. We are both presently, Independent Mission Marketers for Beyond Organic. Our passions lie with GOD first, then teaching and helping others to become healthy through proper organic eating and a healthy lifestyle. We are happy to share our combined years of knowledge and experience in these areas to help others achieve optimum health.
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9 Responses to Protect yourself- Read the labels

  1. Dana says:

    awesome, awesome!!! We are completely ignornant of what our country deems as acceptable forms of food. Good job!

    • daveagi says:

      Thanks, Dana- We have to make people aware of what they are putting in their bodies, so that they can make educated choices for themselves. And not blindly consume products that are detrimental to their health and well being.We have to speak out in order to facilitate change,

    • Deb Rojas says:

      Does that seriously mean no more Fritos? We don’t do a lot of chips and processed snack stuff, but Fritos are still a family favorite. Great articles…who’s writing them? 😉 The food revolution is in full swing, and people are beginning to realize that most of what they eat does not count as real food. Thanks for your efforts to educate. Miss you both!

      • Deb Rojas says:

        Michael Pollan says five ingredients, max. And buy real food, not nutrional additives, e.g. Whole foods vs. processed ‘nutritionally fortified.’

      • daveagi says:

        Excellent point, Deb! Less is better – particularly if they are organic and nutrient dense, naturally.

      • daveagi says:

        Debbie-greetings and much love your way.You were teasing about the Fritos, right? Well, even if you weren’t complete lifestyle changes are a process. And i commend you for your efforts.

      • Deb Rojas says:

        Love to you both…I was serious about the Fritos. (AHHH) Some habits die hard, coffee being one of the hardest. All in all, though, we’re doing the best we can here in Guam, and I may have discovered a local ranch for eggs and meat today. I’m still waiting for a response and am hopeful that we’ll be able to find more local food. Have you gotten my mom to try beyond organic, yet?

  2. Tammy says:

    Love the article alot of people just believe what they read in big, bold, colorful words instead of reading the ingredient label to see what they are really putting in their bodies. We do need to teach the nation how to read the ingredients labels and see hidden messages in them. For instance sugar-free isn’t always sugar-free whether it is aspartame or high frutose there is always a little sugar in it. So please read labels so we can become a fit nation.

    • daveagi says:

      Thanks, Tammy-you are so right about people not seeing beyond the big, bold colorful labeling. The advertisers give them exactly what they want to see and so they don’t look beyond it. Take “natural potato chips” for an example.The potatoes are full of pesticides, they are cooked in cottonseed oil which is hydrogenated and the single thing that is natural, is the salt. And the law lets them get away with that advertising. It’s all about the benjamins.

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