Popular food comparisons for busy Mum’s
As Mum’s we know life can get darn busy and as much as I would love to only eat what I grow and prepare, I think I would be only kidding myself. I need to be a little more realistic. I know that when I am walking those long aisles in the supermarket with two kidlets in tow, I need it to be a snappy affair. Reading the ingredients on labels and comparing brands are not part of this quick expedition. From the few that I have done (always solo) it is not only time consuming, but for me, a brain overload. I found the Smartphone APP by Bill Stratham ‘Chemical Maze’ incredibly helpful and easy to use when trying to decipher the nasty chemicals.
When I first started on my health journey, cutting out processed food seemed so daunting. What can I eat?! every ingredient label seemed littered with refined sugar or one of sugar’s other 56 names plus pesky preservatives and chemicals. Often I walked out of the supermarket feeling depressed, sometimes angry and worst of all with no food. I didn’t know what to cook without adding sauces from jars and additives in brightly coloured boxes.
So… my mantra is.. If you need something that is packaged opt for something with one or two ingredients with as little processing as possible. If there is an ingredients list as long as your arm, do your body and your mind a favour! put it back on the shelf.
I have collected a few ‘foodfights’ to make your shopping a little more enjoyable. I understand that with each ‘foodfight’ there are more products that are represented, however these are products I found easily accessible. In my experience with clients and indeed myself, if its hard to find you tend to choose an available alternative.
Top tips when reading food labels
Avoid ingredients with the word: flavour and/or natural.
Manufacturers don’t have to disclose exact ingredients. They tend to hide behind these broad words. Natural can originate from any resource, sprayed or fed any number of chemicals and be considered ‘natural’. Here is a post that goes into depth on the subject.
Avoid products who’s first ingredient is sugar.
All Ingredients are listed by weight, the first being heaviest.
Organic does always mean what you think.
Be careful when buying products that have the word ‘organic’ on the front label. I encourage you to read ingredient list carefully. Another aspect to consider is, each country has different laws regulating labelling and the use of the word ‘organic’. The wording can range from ‘100% organic’, ‘certified organic’ to ‘contain an organic ingredient’ etc. etc. In America you can say ‘made with organic ingredients’ and only 70% of the product needs to be from an organic source.
I generally vote for local, seasonal, Australian, GMO Free, Chemical free, wholesome food. It is important to know that our votes for foodfights are unpaid and unsolicited they are opinion only. This is a guide to help you weave your way through the myriad of products that line our shelves.
*real food is food that comes from the earth and closest to it’s natural form. An good example is: Ingredients: ‘organic roman tomatoes, salt’.
I hope you find these useful. If there is a product you would like me to ‘foodfight’, drop me an email! I would love to hear from you.