When I do grocery shopping, I mostly stay in the produce area and buy fresh vegetables and fruit. I don’t buy much processed food. If I do buy processed food, I try to read the labels and avoid certain unhealthy ingredients.
There are two principles to keep in mind when reading food labels.
The shorter the list of ingredients, the better.
An easy example is buying peanut butter. Some brands have 2-3 ingredients, but most have a lot more ingredients on the label. Choose the one with the short list.
The more recognizable the ingredients are and the easier you can pronounce the ingredient, the better.
If you don’t recognize something, if you feel like you need a science degree to pronounce it properly, there is a good chance the ingredient is a man-made chemical.
If I do buy processed food (anything packaged), I try to avoid those products that contain the following ingredients. They are some of the most unhealthy of all ingredients.
- High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
- Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils (Trans-fats)
- Artificial Colors
- Artificial Flavorings
- Artificial Sweeteners (such as Aspartame)
Today I read this article by Dr. Mercola on Aspartame. I recommend everyone to read the article and also read some of the hundreds of comments.