Health Foods That Arent Watch Out For Undercover Junk Foods In Health-food Packaging, Says CSPI|
WASHINGTON--Just because you shop at the health-food store doesnt necessarily mean everything in your shopping cart is all that healthful, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). Although health-food stores have clearly paved the way for a wide range of genuinely healthful products, consumers are likely to find some chaff alongside the whole wheat including some real nutritional doozies like those exposed in the April issue of CSPIs Nutrition Action Healthletter.
Thanks to health-food stores, consumers can take home an unprecedented array of nutritious foods, CSPI nutrition director and article co-author Bonnie Liebman said. But consumers need to look beyond buzz words like organic, all natural, or high energy, which are sometimes just used to provide cover for foods that are high in calories or saturated fat, or that are just plain junk.
Its not that these are the worst products on the market, say Liebman and co-author Jayne Hurley. But because theyre dressed up in earthy-crunchy packaging, or make liberal use of wholesome-sounding words, theyre the kind of products most likely to be mistaken for more healthful fare. Heres a smattering of what CSPI found on health-food store shelves:
Simply reading the nutrition and ingredient labels can help a consumer detect health foods that arent, according to Hurley. Shopping at the health-food store is no excuse to let your guard down."