Saturday, January 11, 2014

READ THE LABEL ON YOUR "HEALTHY" CHICKEN

Be sure to read the label on the chicken you buy! Did you know that one chicken breast could use up 20% of your daily sodium limit before you add even one ingredient?  As Americans have become more and more "into eating healthy" the food industry has become more adept at taking "healthy" foods and making them unhealthy! And they do this without trying to fool us. The packaging tells us what they are doing, we just don't read it like we should. The last statistic I found was from 2011 when one-third of the fresh chicken sold in American supermarkets had been synthetically saturated with a mix of water, salt, and other additives via needle injections and high-pressure vacuum tumbling to make it more tender and juicy.  The industry labels this chicken as "enhanced".  Nothing wrong with that as long as you are aware of what you are getting.  A 4-ounce serving of this "enhanced" chicken (or other poultry) can contain as much as 440 mg of sodium before you even season it.  That's around one-fifth of the average persons daily recommended allotment of sodium. Sodium can make it hard to lose weight, be a factor in high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, etc.  So once again I am stressing to you that you read the labels on the foods you buy. Yes, even the labels on the meats and produce.
This picture is for pictorial use only. Not a recommendation for or against this particular product.

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