5 Fakest Health Food Claims

Don’t get tricked by food manufacturers! It’s time you found out about the truth.

Love Handles In a Box

Did you know?

The unhealthiest foods usually have the most health claims on its label.

How ironic.

Think about your breakfast cereal and the satisfaction of eating a very nutritious meal that’s:

-Low in Fat
-High in Fiber
-Gluten-free
-Good for the Heart
-Made with Whole Grains
-Low-Sodium

Think again. What you see is only the surface of the attractive cereal box. Flip it around like one smart grownup that you are, and you’ll discover that you or your entire family, are actually eating just a bowl of sugar and flour! Now would you really pay for a box of love handles,depression, or even Type 2 diabetes and other serious diseases?

What’s worse, there weren’t really any health benefits to primarily back up the claims, as shown by evidence. Here’s a close look on the origins of each of these fraudulent claims:

1. Low Fat

After a 40-year run and long years of fearing dietary fat since the 60s and 70s, the myth is officially busted. Bacon, eggs, and butter were toppled off as saturated fat was found to be a culprit of clogged arteries that’s causing heart disease. Sugar was ok, because it’s fat-free! Cereal was then quickly moved under the “healthy” category and people became more aware of their food choices.

Despite top-notch, reliable studies unraveling the truth, sales continued as bogus research were being funded behind-the-scenes, for the sake of profits. Today, we know better. A low fat diet doesn’t make a difference. Eating fat doesn’t cause disease, but NOT eating it possibly can! Our body apparently needs some saturated fat to maintain its optimal function. (https://www.t-nation.com/diet-fat-loss/truth-about-saturated-fat)

2. High Fiber

Upon understanding low-fat origins and misleading advertisements, it’s easy to see how the idea of eating high-fiber diets sprung.

A 1970’s research by Denis Burkitt linked this particular diet to lower rates of colorectal cancer. Guess where this evidence was based on? He basically claimed African tribesman were healthier compared to Westerners, simple because they ate their grains whole including its outer shell. Disease-free tribes that thrive on starchless diets that were in fact high in saturated fat and animal protein were altogether disregarded.

Still, the bran ruled and the high-fiber whole grain was the perfect match to that low-fat bowl of breakfast cereal. It remains a common misconception that consuming more fiber and whole grains are healthier than refined grains.

Studies conducted on colorectal cancer does not recognize the protective effect of high dietary fiber intake against the disease.

3. Cholesterol

Adding to the low-fat, high-fiber hype is the “lipid hypothesis” suggesting that elevated cholesterol may be linked to heart disease. No wonder, many think the way they do with these bogus claims altogether.

Both doctors and scientists was on board the theory, and convinced of having found the underlying cause of the narrowing/hardening of the arteries in a condition called atherosclerosis, leading to coronary heart disease. Only a few knew that there’s a library of evidence to disprove this claim, that the original experiments were done on rabbits- herbivores that cannot process dietary cholesterol, and that chemically prepared barecholesterol that’s inclined to oxidize was used.

To no surprise, prescription statins were widespread and opponents disappeared. Now are there fewer instances of heart attacks to those on statins than those with lower cholesterol? There aren’t. Are there more heart attacks for those not on statins over those who have higher cholesterol? You probably guessed- there aren’t.

Cholesterol is essential to the body as a building block for cell membranes and fuel provider of neurons unable to generate on its own. It’s understandable how statins have been causing mitochondrial and hormonal dysfunction, and lower levels of cholesterol that’s associated with depressive symptoms as well as cognitive and neurological impairment.

Going back to your breakfast bowl, you should know by now that cereal fiber’s ability to lower cholesterol can do more harm than good.

4. Sodium

Here’s the typical doctor’s advice to a prediabetic, obese patient who also has high triglycerides:

Eat less salt.

That’s funny! This would have to be a joke. Salt does NOT make you fat in any way.

Eating less salt when you have a metabolic syndrome is really an insignificant step to take. Following these phases:

-hyperinsulinemia – 2 weeks, insulin resistance
-hyperlipidemia – 2 months, elevated triglycerides
-high bodyfat – 6 months, obesity
-hypertension – 12 months, high blood pressure

A you can see, high blood pressure is the fourth and final phase, and does not require any reduction in salt intake. Rather than eat less salt, one must stop drinking liquid fructose and start making better food choices.

Do you know what’s even more interesting? Trying to comply with recommendations coming from the FDA and AHA of keeping salt intake at 2400 mg per day (1tsp) at maximum, apparently increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality from a stroke or heart attack. Ironically, it seems to result from elevated triglycerides and insulin sensitivity reductions, which are exactly what drives high blood pressure in the first place.

5. Gluten

Wheat and several cereals contain a class of proteins called Gliadin, which is a component of gluten. The gliadin protein has been discovered to be damaging to many people, due to the proteins inflammation-inducing ability as well as increasing permeability of the intestines. Wheat alone tends to spike up cravings and interfere with the body’s appetite-regulating mechanisms.

This, however, doesn’t necessarily mean that “glutenfree” garners the stamp of approval as the ideal health food. Pizza is still pizza. Pancakes, they’re still pancakes. Glutenfree or not, a slab of cake with your coffee cannot be justified. Glutenfree cereal may be undeniably better than cereal containing gluten, but it is what it is- cereal.

Though it’s not rocket science and typically entails common sense, millions are fooled almost willingly. It’s quite easy to convince people that deliciously tempting junk food is perfectly fine, right within a box packed with various health claims. Low-fat and low-sodium products get picked at the store by those who believe in the health benefits it would bring themselves or their families. That’s where marketers find their sweet success- in a bag or box of garbage they make you think is prized and healthy.