HEALTH BEAT: Healthy phrases in disguise

(WEAU) - In our Health Beat, f-o-o-d spells food, but does it always mean healthy? The truth is healthy catch phrases are all around us.

"They want to do that to pull you in," said Stacy Getten, Clinical Dietician and Diabetes Educator with Marshfield Clinic.

Stacy Getten, a clinical dietician with Marshfield Clinic says sometimes these labels can be too good to be true.

Some words can be confusing, like what does Omega 3's do?

"It has decreased cardiovascular risk. It helps decrease trans fatty acids were seeing a decrease is arthrosclerosis, blood pressure, so were recommending it to individuals," said Getten.

Yet, when we take that trip to the grocery store we're drawn to products that say "100% Vitamin C.”

Getten says eating two servings of fruits or vegetables will give you the right daily value. Even a half cup of red bell peppers gives you a 158% of your daily Vitamin C value.

"Our body will only take so much in because of the water soluble vitamin and excrete it," said Getten.

You may even notice that your morning cereal says it’s made with "real fruit." But is it real?

"It’s real fruit but how much is it?" said Getten.

Products that say "real fruit" usually have fruit additives and sugar, but where it’s located on the label can determine which ingredient is used the most in your morning cereal.

"If sugar is not listed until farther down the list, then you know it’s not going to be the main ingredient,” said Getten.

Then there's the phrase "made with whole grain.” Getten says you should look for a special yellow label. If an item has it, that means that each part of the grain is used.

But what about items that have "added fiber?"

"That chicory root is an inexpensive fiber that they're putting into products that you have to be careful of,” said Getten.

There are even foods you can find that claim they are "immunity boosting."

“That’s the key word we have to be looking at. Are they boosting our immunity? They support our immunity but that's the word I am cautious of,” said Getten.


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