Deep Dive Into Eating
The Stuff Inside
Where’s the best place to go to find out about The Stuff Inside? Those oh-so-decorative nutrition labels are a good place to start. Yep, these labels are a bit much at first glance. There’s a lot there to take in! Thing is, they can really help when you’re making healthy changes in what you eat. So, here’s a little secret: Ignore 90% of the label and just keep your eye out for these three, big time bogeymen: 1) trans fats, 2) salt (aka sodium), and 3) added sugars. Avoid foods loaded up with those three and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier, feel good diet.
If It Walks Like A Duck…
Food is loaded with what we like to call “masked bandits” -- sneaky substances worth keeping an eye out for. Salt by any other name is still, essentially, salt. Avoid these salt variants: Sodium benzoate, disodium or monosodium glutamate (MSG), and sodium nitrite.
Same goes for all those sugar sibs: sucrose, fructose, maltose, dextrose, lactose, glucose…galactose (sounds like something George Lucas came up with) -- notice the “ose” common to all these. Big tip off.
Scope out the ingredients list on some of the packaged or canned foods in your home pantry or freezer. See any of the mentioned food additives? Chances are you’ll find a number of guilty parties in the mix. Make a mental note to avoid buying them in future and do some exploring for healthy alternatives next time you’re at the market.