No matter how healthy we are, there’s no getting around buying some processed and packaged foods, in fact, many of them aren’t bad! We buy olive oil, vinegars, pickles, coconut milk, tomatoes, sauces, nuts/seeds, beans, and more – and they are part of a healthy diet. But did you know that unhealthy ingredients sneak in on a regular basis? Many simple products unnecessarily have added sugars, bad oils, food coloring, additives and other unsavory additions. Here’s a quick checklist for buying anything you aren’t making on your own.
3-step Quick Food Label Checklist:
Find the food label… GO!
- Check the serving size – you want to know if it’s 1 tablespoon or 1 box
- Review the “sugars” on the label under carbohydrates – ideally 4 grams or less per serving
- Read the ingredients – look for short list of whole, recognizable ingredients
Done! Does something look fishy? Put it back. Does it pass scrutiny? Buy it.