Woohoo! Half way is done, and I believe that the three days are the hardest...
Today the subject is GMO versus ORGANIC.
The main part of our Program, is to learn how to read labels. During our 3 hours inside Whole Foods, participants were constantly adding products to their cars and I was constantly taking them away... Most of the chosen foods had "100% natural" writing with big capital letters in the label. Some of them "non GMO ingredients", and some even said "organic".
After one hour of lecture explaining a bit about the tricks of food labeling, it was still hard for them, and it will always be, even for me that spend at least half of my day reading about it. Companies are being creative using strategies to confuse us, especially the global food giants.
So, what is the perfect label?
On the first day I posted the label for the "non-GMO project", but perfection is to find that label in a package with "certified organic" too. Because "non-GMO" can have pesticides and antibiotics, and "certified organic" can still have traces of GMO.
And 100% natural? Well this doesn't mean anything! FDA doesn't regulate that phrase, and foods with that in a label can have artificial colors, chemical sweeteners, preservatives, and GMO. That's the favorite trick used by large corporations.
"Trans fat free" doesn't mean free from trans fat, because FDA allows 0.5g of trans fat per serving, and often we ingest far more than the serving, at least I do.
And "gluten free"? Now everyone is crazily cutting gluten out of the diet- I already posted about it on Sanatura Facebook page, but just to remind, gluten is a protein that might be beneficial for your body. Just celiac people should cut gluten from the diet. The gluten everyone wants to cut is from the processed food, that are bad for you anyways. And yes, "gluten free" labels can still have the BAD GUY GMO. :(
Not easy huh? I know, and that's why this Program helps so much people, specially house wives that spend hours in grocery shops buying for the whole family.
When I'm not in detox and need to have some "fast meals" to make my life easier, I choose "certified organic, non-GMO project and LOCAL PRODUCED, because I know that the product traveled less and is fresher. But the solution for a healthy lifestyle is definitely to buy local whole foods to cook at your kitchen ;)
Tip of the day:
A great snack alternative is the Shawnee's popcorn. It's a certified organic, non-gmo, vegan and it's enriched with spirulina, vitamin B-12 and cayenne pepper.
The best part for us, Miamians? It's a local product, so it's always fresh at the shelves ;)
Some good articles to read about food labels:
Eliane Carotta has been teaching Yoga for over 12 years, and in this environment, has participated on several workshops and researches to learn about how to use herbs and food as a preventive medicine.