The worst are the false promises to make us slim while fattening us.
1. Thinly sliced bread. To claim how few calories each slice has. But the result is more dressing on your bread per amount of bread.
2. Artificial sweeteners. Less sugar should be good, no? No, because these artificial sweeteners (besides giving cancer, which is not so sweet) disturb our gut bacteria that keep us slim so that they actually fatten us.
3. No cholesterol, the sweets wrapper screams proudly. It doesn’t tell us our body will transform all its sugar into cholesterol. Eggs have cholesterol and would kill us. Turns out untrue. Don’t believe every theory. Not eating enough (good) fat makes/keeps us hungry. Just what we don’t need. Butter from the fridge was hard to spread so margarines were invented. Decades later, the artificial trans fats were found to block our coronary blood vessels. Don’t eat newly synthesized stuff not yet time-tested.
4. Whole-wheat crackers felt better to white-flour addicts when boosted with vanilla, sugar, and salt. Also, these make it harder to stop snacking.
5. Preparing meat, poultry, fish, milk, cheese, and eggs needs massive amounts of salt, onion, garlic, and scorching (burning, like coffee) to get any taste. The salt is bad for our blood pressure and highly addictive. They are sold as healthy but their only health claims to fame are high protein and some vitamins. They have little fiber so we tend to overeat on them.
6. Value bulk bags of supposedly innocent snacks eat as fast as small bags and so end up more expensive and more fattening.
7. Putting delicious over nutritious. Nourishing (real) foods satisfy and keep/make us lean. They should also be tasty. But by prioritizing taste, we become vulnerable to junk foods covering most of the stores’ shelf space. Good food is injured as if it’s addictive tasteless meat, coffee, or cigarettes: salted and burned. Like peanut butter from not just roasted but charred beans. Like salads needing a dressing and cucumber or lattice being salted.
Food traders don’t love us but our money. They only make our wallets thin. Buyer beware.