5 WAYS TO BUY THE WRONG FOOD AT THE STORE

#1.  Buy the Ingredients for the Cleanse.

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Many people buy raw vegeTables, fruit and fruit juices, and water for their detox cleanse but does it actually work?  According to Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. from Mayo Clinic, she says that detox diets are a touted as a way to remove toxins from the body but they are not scientifically proven to actually help you.  Some people report feeling more focused and energetic during and after the detox diet however, there is little evidence that the detox diets actually remove toxins from the body.

#2. Everything needs to be gluten free.

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Of course, eating gluten-free makes sense for anyone with Celiac Disease or a sensitivity to gluten.  But for the majority of us who are not bothered by gluten, there are no real benefits to the diet.  Some people report of feeling better after reducing their intake of gluten but that would make sense if someone changed their diet dramatically.  My advice is to eat healthier and watch what you are consuming.

#3. Everything must be certified organic.

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Just because a label says it is organic does not necessarily mean that is it healthy for you.  There may be a bag of potato chips that are labeled “organic” but that doesn’t mean they are healthier to eat than conventional chips.  The potato chips are still fried in oil and coated with salt and other natural flavors.  Some advice you could follow is do some research on the product and learn how the food is made before making an educated choice.

#4 Buying rBST-free milk!

First, rBST (bovine somatotropin) is a protein hormone produced by the pituitary gland of the cow. This hormone helps increase milk production of the cows. Many people stay away from rBST milk because they believe the hormone is harmful for their health.  According to Cornell University studies, comparing convention milk with milk labeled as ‘rRST-free’ or ‘organic’ show at the retail level these milks have no important differences and are similar in nutritional quality and wholesomeness.  There is no way to differentiate between milk from rBST-supplemented and non-supplements cows.

#5 Buying only naturally labeled products.

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Natural and organic label are not the same.  According to the Food and Drug Administration, it is difficult to definite a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food probably has been proceeded and is no longer a product of the earth.  FDA has not developed a definition for the use of the term natural.  Natural does not mean that is healthier to eat like organic.

perryPerry Harlow
Illinois State University Student

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