When my unico hijo was so much younger (from preschool to early grade school), he would often tag along on my trips to the grocery, and when he did, he usually took the lead on choosing what items we would buy for his home and school snacks. I usually let him be because it warmed my heart to see him enjoy what he nibbled on during snack time. It took a while for me to realize that what I was doing was not entirely right. And the realization came after I read a magazine article that explained how much sugar and salt are found in the foods we eat. From that day on, I started checking the labels of the products on grocery store shelves before deciding whether to buy them or not. I reckon if I want my son to grow up strong and healthy, then I need to wisely choose what I feed him. My goal since then was not only to make him happy with what he ate for merienda but also make sure that the refreshments, snacks and desserts I buy for him are nutritious.
Are you guilty of the same thing, mommies? Fret not, it’s never too late to break the habit of buying whatever is pleasing to the eyes or what is popular. All Natural Seasons Juice by Dole have started the mommy movement #PledgeToDoubleCheck that advocates for smarter and wiser grocery shopping. This movement is a call to be more conscious about your grocery shopping habits and to inform and properly educate yourself about the ingredients of the products you are buying. The lesser ingredients they contain, the more natural they probably are, hence, healthier and safer for the family. If you think that the current products that we are buying are already “healthy,” please check their list of ingredients. You might be shocked to find that they contain chemically-sounding, artificial additives and preservatives to make them more flavorful.
Be forewarned, mommies! When a food product has far too many ingredients (more than 10) and are a bit complicated or hard to understand, it could be a red flag. The product may contain a lot of artificial ingredients that can be harmful if consumed in large amounts. By pledging to check the label, you become knowledgeable which brands to put your trust in. You might be shocked to discover that the products you have been patronizing for years are not really as healthy as they claim to be.
Well-known celebrity mommies like Jolina Magdangal, Neri Miranda and Pokwang, together with some sought-after mommy bloggers such as Pehpot Pineda and Peachy Adarne have spearheaded this #PledgeToDoubleCheck movement to break the habit of not checking the label and start reading and scrutinizing the contents of the food and drinks that they buy. It’s about time that you join us, not only by signing the pledge but taking this to greater heights by sharing this message and inviting other mommies out there to take the pledge to double check the ingredients to really know what’s in your juice. Other mommies nationwide who have started taking in on the pledge admitted how double checking the back label has made significant changes on them as a mom and how they were able to protect their children from health risks.
“[As] a meticulous [and] curious mom, checking the back label helped me to verify the nutritional claims, compare brands, and choose which one offers the best buy for my family,” said Mommy Erlyne Penaroyo from Makati City.
“Double checking the back label of [the] products I shop from the groceries made me a more cautious and practical mom. It ensures my family’s safety most especially these times of pandemic. Dole’s All Natural Seasons #PledgeToDoubleCheck made me realize to double check all the things before purchasing and consuming,” according to Mommy Dyanna Cañas from Biñan City.
These mommies have proven that familiarizing yourself with the ingredients and nutrition content of the products you consume is an important factor to consider.
“I always double check the back label of each items I [buy] especially for my kids because I always want to make it sure na healthy ang lagi kong binibili at binibigay sa kanila at may natural ingredients na makakatulong sa health nila. I am very conscious mom lalo na sa mga binibigay ko sa aking family, kaya super important sakin na i-double check lagi ang back label,” Mommy Kimberly Fajilan from Batangas City added.
“It’s good to be aware if a certain food is high in sugar, carbs or in sodium. [and] also for the calorie content and ingredients, sometimes ‘pag puro preservatives malalaman mo agad kasi hindi familiar ang ingredients,” said Mommy Gec Cajucom from Parañaque City.
What’s in the All Natural Seasons Pineapple Mango Juice?
After checking the label, I learned that All Natural Seasons Pineapple Mango Juice has the following ingredients:
• 100% pineapple juice and mango puree which contain potassium that helps regulate water balance and normal muscle function
• Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) which helps strengthen the immune system
• Vitamins A and E which promote skin health
• Stevia, a zero-calorie natural sweetener.
With these healthy ingredients, I have no qualms about recommending this product to all the moms out there.
So mommies, join this movement now and be part of the change! Post a photo of yourself holding and reading the back label of any food or beverage product and tell us what you discovered when you double-checked. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #PledgeToDoubleCheck and tag @allnaturalseasons so you can influence other mommies, and little by little, we can all take the next steps towards creating a healthier lifestyle for us and our children.