Thursday, March 31, 2011

Do You Read The Fine Print?

Being a label reader is crucial in America.
People don't always tell the whole truth in their big, bold words.

You have to read those little words to get the real picture.

As soon as they can read, I train my children to read labels.
The word "juice" isn't good enough.
 100% Vitamin C, 10% Juice is unacceptable
and so is Juice COCKTAIL.
We only want 100% JUICE.

There are nasty truths you discover in the small print on the side of the box.

Once I discovered the granola bars I picked out
had less nutritional value than a Snickers candy bar.
(I resisted temptation to eat Snickers for breakfast,
thought I might have been able to nutritionally justify the purchase.)

I knew some breakfast cereals have more sugar than candy,
but when I bought the generic of an approved cereal, I got a shock.

The Kellogg's brand only uses sugar, but the
Safeway Corn Flakes has high fructose corn syrup, malt syrup and sugar.

Years ago, I made an executive decision for the family
and began eliminating white flour out of the house.
I didn't advertise it loudly,
I didn't say we'd never have it,
(Romans 7 tells me being told NO creates more desire)
I just made gradual changes.

I prefer whole grain breads and sprouted breads.

In a hurry at a grocery store I don't usually frequent, I grabbed a loaf of bread.

Stone Ground Whole Wheat for under $3? I was impressed...

...until I read the label.  The third ingredient was high fructose corn syrup.

I put it back.

We can be enticed by the big, bold words,
but deceived by the fine print.

We must be wise.
We must be careful.
We must be observant.

There are things they don't really want to tell us,
but the law requires them to, so they use fine print.

Nothing in fine print is ever good news.
~ Andy Rooney

The big print giveth, and the fine print taketh away.
~ Fulton J. Sheen

Do you know the difference between education and experience?
Education is when you read the fine print;
experience is what you get when you don't.
~ Pete Seeger

That's what makes the Bible so wonderful.
There's no surprise, no deception, no fine print.

It's all just big, bold, honest words from a Man we can trust.

That's why it's called the Word of Truth.


  1. This is an awesome post. Love those quotes.

    I'll have to share this one with my Scott as he's a stickler for reading the fine print. The Insurance guys don't know what to think of my man.

    AND - he's a lover of Snickers Candy Bars.
    We both like them. I just might have to start serving them for breakfast. :)

  2. Amen! The Word of God is the truth.

    I agree awesome post...where's the candy bars?? ;)

  3. Good post. As I try to become more health conscience this post gave me yet more to think about. Thanks.

  4. AMEN!

    I am gradually going more and more towards home grown, locally sourced, whole foods. Our bodies are just better for it, ya know!

    On the granola bar front, I really want to learn to make my own...

  5. Good point... I'll start working on labels soon with my kids.


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