Thursday, May 28, 2009

Food Advertisements, Think About It!

Food advertisements, think about it!

What types of foods do you tend to see advertised the most? It seems like the most advertised foods are those with the least nutritional value and the highest calories. It's big business, literally, to promote fast food and junk food. Millions of dollars are spent each year by big companies to try to get you to pick their chips, burgers, sodas, and alcoholic beverages over another brand. These products are plentiful, easy to get, inexpensive, and made to taste good. Isn't it ironic how you seldom see advertisements for foods we should be eating, like fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, etc. Being bombarded with powerful advertising images promoting nutritionally poor foods as best, no wonder we're reaching for the wrong foods. Before buying these products try these tips:

Be informed, get the facts: If you see an ad that makes junk food look tempting, go to your computer, check out the manufacturer's website, and check the nutritional information for that food. When you see how many calories, fat, or sodium it has, it won't look so appealing.

Stick to the perimeter at the grocery store: Most of the highly advertised, processed foods are in the inner aisles of the store. Skipping those aisles will help cut down on temptation. Make sure you have a list to shop from that contains a healthy variety. The outside aisles typically have the fresh foods and that's where you want to be.

Make healthier choices by empowering yourself: I'm sure we've all been in the situation where you need to eat and the only options around aren't the most healthy ones. If you are in this situation, where all you have to chose from is fast-food restaurants or convenience stores, you need to know which choices are better than others. Get fresh foods, like salads and sandwiches with lean meat and vegetables. Skip the dressing, mayo, and other high calorie condiments, or have them on the side so you can control them.

Question the ads: If a cheeseburger where being promoted by an overweight, out-of-shape model, instead of a lean, fit model that looks to be enjoying every bite, would you buy it? Is the food in the ad the best choice for your waistline? Do you really "have" to have it? The answer is, probably not.

Makes you stop and think, doesn't it?

Blessings for a Glorious Day!

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