How often do you go to the grocery store and turn around the item you’re purchasing to read the nutrition facts on the back of the package? For some, the answer to this question is often or always, which is great, however most people tend to only look at key nutrition facts. The most common information looked at is calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, and sugar content. While these are important to note, another and perhaps even more crucial aspect to pay attention to, is the list of ingredients.
When it comes to ingredients, less is more. In this day and age, most packaged foods are produced with unnecessary fillers and additives because they reduce cost and increase shelf life, thus resulting in large profits to the company making the product. Many grocery store products are highly- processed and contain countless unusual ingredients that can hinder one’s health.
The more ingredients you can recognize and pronounce, the better. These are the “real ingredients” which are important for a healthy diet. Eating healthy comes down to ingesting natural foods that are full of nutrients and contain little-to-no preservatives. Preservatives can be harmful in several ways, most commonly because they are an allergen and have adverse effects on the body. Common side-effects include pancreatitis, nausea, vomiting, fever, and abdominal tenderness, according to livestrong.com.
In the supplements world, many companies claim to have “all-natural” products to aid in athletic performance and recovery; however, their ingredient list may prove otherwise. This is why it is important to read the nutrition facts and know what to look for. Some artificial sweeteners found in popular protein powders include, sucralose and acesulfame potassium. Both of which promote weight gain and sucralose alone contains chlorine, not something one would typically choose to ingest. Other common ingredients are caseins, which is an addictive milk protein commonly found in soy protein products.
Other common ingredients you’ll find in processed food items are carrageenan gum, guar gum, and arabic gum. These additives are used to bind foods together and make them more palatable; however, it is important to note their other uses and possible side-effects. For example, carrageenan gum and guar gum, have been correlated to ulcers and cancers in the gastrointestinal tract, according to livestrong.com. Arabic gum is not only an additive, but it’s also used in print-making and as a binder in fireworks. The most common side-effect one will experience from these additives are allergic reactions, because all of these ingredients are known allergens.
As you can see, “all natural” products are not always what they seem. With less than fourteen ingredients in all of its products, All-Pro Science has nothing to hide. A full list of ingredients and their benefits can be found for all APS products on the official APS website. Next time you’re out shopping for food or supplements, just remember to turn the package around and find out what you’re really buying.