How Can I Tell If a Food Is Really Heart Healthy?

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So, I've asked members of the audience to help me reveal the secrets that we're talking about today. Let's join Angelique. Hi, Angeli, come on up. Thank you. I introduce to you the first secret in the food food that one you can't now, and it is Heart healthy logos that can be misleading.

I want you to do a favor for me. Look at the logos behind me. Do you see them up there? You walk down the aisle in the supermarket, you'll see these at Delt they're called heart healthy labels. They're seals of approval they're all kinds of foods. Many of these labels were created by the companies themselves, think about that.

This makes me angry, because companies know you are trying to do the right thing. We talk about it all the time in the show so they put these labels up to trick you. Now, some of them are legit are we penalising good companies but not realising when they do it right, but a lot of these mean nothing at all.

David, how do companies get away with this? [xx] are heart healthy when it's the opposite often times. Yeah, it's a total ambush, and the FDA is late to the stands. And that's why they're more that three thousand ingredients in the food supply that haven't even been determined to be healthy.

So, you look at the labels, and make sure you're not getting tricked by what's on the front of the box. You may also have seen this label, the American heart label. It rewards a seal of approval for heart health. Let me show you. However, it is not always perfect. A product like this, you see that label right there, but it's a sugarless, and it somehow has gotten an award.

Now, the American heart does not consider sugar content when awarding a seal. Even though the HA has acknowledged that added sugars hazards the health. We've done a lot of research to prove that. So, how is that possible? Well first of let me talk about sugar for a second, because this is a big issue for me.

They are matching this powder. Sure, come on over, and you put that sugar into the body in there. Now, when we pour sugar into the body, I want to show you what happens. Because we make this mistake over and over again. What ends up happening, go ahead and stir that. Is that the body takes that sugar and converts it to fat.

That's heavy as dinner. And this stuff after a while, it's thick. This is the stuff on our thighs. It's directly translated, and from it sugar is the bigger problem in American, not the fat they we're eating. So, we contacted The American Heart Association. I wanted to find out about how this award process works, how do you get the skills of a pro-ball, and companies apply, and they pay an initial fee $1500, it's for administrative course.

I think it's reasonable. Then The American Heart Association tests the nutritional content of the food, that's what they're supposed to do except for the sugar. They don't taste sugar, this is hard to do. And so, I agree with the Americas hearts stands on heart healthy foods for everything except the sugars.

And we've to get one step beyond that, in order to be on top of this game. You've to seal the American hear seal then you got to go on and check the sugar content yourself. Let me show you what I'll look for. When you go to my label and I want you to break these down and keep track of them.

Fat is 4 grams or less, you also want to have have sodium content of less than 480 mg, and you want to have fiber is at least 2 grams, and the sugar part is 4 grams or less preserve it. Making sense? Are we clear on this? We need to change the ability of companies to dupe us. And only we have that power to encourage them to do the right thing.

We're all in the same page on this. Alright, Angeli thank you very much. Thank you.