As you've probably heard before, we talk about the importance of ingredients all of the time. Choosing products with good ingredients is a big part of improving your diet, but in order to do so, you're going to need to have a plan for reading ingredient labels. Here's how to read ingredient labels:
- Make it a habit to find the ingredient label when you pick up a product. This sounds trivial, but many brands go out of their way to make the ingredient list hard to find, or hard to read using small fonts and tight spacing. Typically brands that use quality ingredients make their labels easy to read as a way to show that they're committed to quality.
- Read the ingredients on the label. Ask yourself: do I understand what every ingredient is? We think you should only eat things that you can easily pronounce, and that are found in nature. Here's an example: Gluten-free Oats, Dried Apples, Canola Oil, Honey, Maple Syrup, Cinnamon. That's a pretty good ingredient list, easy to understand, (mostly) ingredients that are found in nature.
- In point #2, we wrote "mostly". This is the crux move for your understanding ingredient labels: where should you draw the line with ingredients? Canola oil is a processed form of the rape plant, you definitely don't see rivers of pure Canola Oil in nature. So should you eat it?