3 Steps in Reading a Food Label to know if it’s ‘Healthy’ or Not
3 Easy Things to look for when Reading a Food Label
With marketing these days, it can be quite hard to determine what is exactly ‘healthy’ and ‘natural.’
Here are 3 steps to help you navigate through the confusing waters of a food label and really hone in on what is important.
- How many ingredients are there listed ? If the ingredients take up half of the box, then put that sucker down. Look for foods that are around 10 or less ingredients, as the more ingredients there are the more it is a science experiment and less a healthy food. Observe what the first few ingredients are. The first ingredient listed is what makes the majority of the product.
- Can you easily pronounce the ingredients ? If it takes you a few seconds to even sound out the ingredients, then you should not have too much interest eating this product. You want to know exactly what you are eating.
- Look for warning ingredients such as ‘high fructose corn syrup or corn syrup’, hydrogenated oils or partially hydrogenated oils, anything that ends in ‘ose”. High fructose corn syrup actually candy coats your blood cells and makes you more susceptible to diabetes. Hydrogenated oils increases the unfavorable cholesterol in your blood, and anything that ends in ‘ose’ is a sugar. Sugar is the root of most disease.
Why I didn’t go into calories, RDA, and the like?
Bottom line – if it is man-made it is not as healthy as the foods that are whole and unprocessed by man.
Calories are not as important as eating high quality, fresh, and healthy foods.
You can count calories all you want but what you really need to focus on is eating healthy, fresh, unadulterated foods.
The more you focus on this, the healthier you will be and the better you will feel.
Bottom line: Aim for foods that do not have a nutritional label. Pick up an apple, you know it’s an apple. Look for God made foods instead of what man has made and messed up.
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