A Source of Good Health
Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 12:00PM
Mike Dillman in Raw diet tips, diet, fiber, good, health, label, labels, natural, nutrition, raw, source, vegan

As is generally the case, I get my inspirations on what to write from things I notice in everyday life.  While at the grocery store yesterday, I overheard two women shopping in the dairy section.  One had a container of yogurt in her hand and was reading out loud:

It says it's a "good source of fiber".

Then she tossed it in her shopping cart.  The other woman nodded in general agreement, almost as if saying:

After all, it says so, therefore it must be true.

I'm always amazed at the level of trust people place in the claims made by food advertisements.  When it comes to your health, exihibiting a certain level of critical thinking is essential.

Here's some food for thought:

"A good source of fiber" is not necessarily a good thing at all.  All this means is that there's a reasonable (i.e. good) amount of some sort of fiber in the food.  The type of fiber is irrelevant; the claim is merely referring to quantity, not quality.  While it's possible that the fiber comes from fruits or vegetables, it's also highly unlikely.  Usually in these cases the fiber is derived from grains.  This type of fiber is harsh on our digestive systems and irritates the colon.

vs.

"A source of good fiber".  You might think I'm repeating myself, but this subtle change of word order makes a big difference.  A source of good fiber emphasizes the quality of the fiber.  The sort of fiber that is friendly to our bodies, giving us all the benefits and avoiding any irritation.  The source is fruits and vegetables, of course!

(If you want to read more about fiber, please check my other blog posts and my book.)

What I really hope to communicate here is the importance of reading labels correctly and focusing on the priorities.  Don't take health claims for granted.  Be skeptical about what any packaged food will do for your health.  Think about what you're eating and whether it is actually giving you what your body wants.

Remember, what you want is a source of good health.  Why settle for anything less?

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Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

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