When possible, I always recommend eating whole foods and keeping an eye out for ingredients to avoid.
Whole foods are foods that are found in nature (not made in a factory.) They typically have only one ingredient.
However, there are certainly times that we eat packaged foods.
And when we do, it is IMPERATIVE to check the food label.
To keep this simple… if the list has added sugar, numbers (example: polysorbate #80), or chemicals: try to avoid it.
Here is my list of the top
5 ingredients to avoid...
# Added Sugar
Here are a few other sneaky names of sugar you’ll commonly find in ingredient lists: beet sugar, brown sugar, cane juice crystals, caramel, confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup solids, crystalline fructose, dextrin, golden sugar, glucose syrup solids, high fructose corn syrup, raw sugar, sucanat, turbinado sugar, and yellow sugar.
Don’t be fooled, these are all added sugars.
# Artificial Sweeteners
Chemicals like aspartame, sucralose, saccharin, acesulfame K, and neotame are so sweet that they can change your palate and actually cause you to crave more sugar.
These chemicals have also been linked to serious health conditions and cancers.
# Food Dyes
Most commonly, food dyes have numbers after them. Some have even been linked to health risks… Red Dye #40 (thyroid cancer and nerve interference), Blue #1 and #2 (chromosomal/DNA damage), Yellow #6/Yellow Tartrazine (kidney and adrenal tumors).
# High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
This highly refined sweetener is the number one source of empty calories in the standard American diet. It is linked to high “bad” cholesterol, diabetes, cancer, liver failure, tooth decay, obesity, heart disease and dementia.
# Partially Hydrogenated Oils (aka trans fats)
This is highly processed and your body has no need or use for it.
Of course, I could add dozens of additional ingredients you should avoid, but we are starting simple.
If you want additional guidance on cleaner eating, reach out to me for a consultation on how I can support you with your eating plan.