Continuing on with the second half of last week's blog post… let’s dive into learning about the ingredient list and what to look for. Here are a few things that are good to know about ingredient lists:
- More ingredients does not mean it is a well rounded, nutrient dense food. Ideally, you want to look for foods with as few ingredients as possible (5 or less is best!)
- The first ingredient is what the food is primarily made of so always try to choose foods where a natural, nutrient-dense item is the first ingredient
- If you can’t pronounce the ingredient name or there are a lot of words ending in -ose, chances are it was manufactured and there is nothing of value in it so put it back
- Most packaged foods are filled with Sugar but as we learned in the Artificial Sweetener blog, not all are bad. If it has Pure Maple Syrup, Coconut Sugar or Honey - it’s ok. If it is any other type of Sugar, consume in moderation or put it back. Again, processed sugar spikes your insulin levels and are the leading cause for major health risks
In my opinion, the ingredient list should be the first thing you look at. If it checks out (following the above four guidelines) then look at the nutrition label to make sure one serving is well rounded and balanced as a snack or ingredient in your meal.
Short, sweet and simple this week :) Feel free to reach out if you have any questions - I am always here to help!