Reading my blog sometimes I sound like a detective, FBI agent or an avid X-Files fan (which I used to be, what can I say). But the truth about the majority of packaged foods is that you really cannot trust anyone and must always read labels of products to ensure you are getting what you believe. I know, I know, I’ve said all this before…so where I am going with this?
I’m not ranting on about reading labels again I promise…well maybe a little bit…let me explain.
Naturally, what your “acceptable” ingredients are might be different from mine, however if you are trying to follow a low preservative and additive, wholefoods type diet – then you will be totally with me on this one.
This little story began on Friday morning when I was casually scrolling through my Instagram feed. I saw this picture come up – posted by a blogging PR agency (targeted towards mums and children…yes I know I am shooting myself in the foot here with this post). As you can see, the picture is of some Arnott’s Shapes. The comment states “we know what we’re having for our mid-morning guilt free snack”.
Now, I read this. Looked at the product…read the comment again…and thought, “what on earth”…guilt free? Posted by a business aimed at mums? I had two immediate thoughts:
- Firstly I believe you should never feel guilty for eating food.
- Secondly, if I eat said product, what sort of guilt would I be free from?
Then I started typing a rambling, inappropriate and unnecessary comment on this picture. I had a moment of clarity, deleted it and made a mental note (ok, ok I lie – I put it in Evernote) to go and check the ingredients of this product, in case I was somehow mistaken, and write a post about it.
And here we are.
Today I checked the ingredients of the product and can confirm you will be guilt free from:
- Sugar: no (although granted it is only 3.1% sugar, it is still an ingredient)
- Gluten: no
- Seed Oils: no
- Flavours and Colours: no
- Preservatives: NO – it contains
Ok…so what else could we be guilt free from? Well it is made in Australia, so that’s a big positive. No guilt of sending jobs overseas I suppose.
Based on my dietary approach, this product wouldn’t make it into my household (unless the husband brought it, but his penchant is plain chips so we should be safe). This really isn’t food in my eyes. I’m not saying I would never eat them, I may try them if they were put in front of me and I wouldn’t have a cry about it – but they aren’t something I would seek out.
What is my point here? Well what I’m trying to get at, is that many people would see something like that, posted by a prominent company and believe that those biscuits are a “guilt free” option for the family.
It’s hard to know what the truth is, unless you understand what works for your body and you know how to read labels to decipher marketing speak for the actual ingredients.
My hope for people reading my blog (and this post!) is that you start thinking more about what is being presented to you on a daily basis – in the media and on packaging.
I’m not saying you can never eat these foods again – just understand what you are putting into your (and your children’s) bodies, so if you do have these one day – you won’t the next. Don’t let their sneaky little snack packs make it into the lunchbox every day.
Now I’m going to ask a favour – and I want you to be honest with me – do you buy this type of thing on a regular basis? If you do (I won’t judge, promise), have I told you anything you don’t already know? And if so, will you keep buying them or switch to something else?
Go on…tell me, I would love to know if I have helped someone make a small change!