In the grocery store, processed, packaged, and prepared foods occupy most of the shelf space and fresh, whole foods are in the minority. Ideally, your grocery cart—and day—will be exactly the opposite.
Keep in mind that the information on the front of the package is advertising. The manufacturer can’t say anything that’s untrue, of course. But they’re certainly going to put the best possible spin on things. They’re going to draw attention to the fact that the product is Organic! High in fiber! Gluten-free! You’re not going to see little star- bursts proclaiming Lots of preservatives! High in sodium! Fortified with synthetic vitamins to replace what got lost in processing! To get the whole story, you need to turn the package over and look for the ingredient list and Nutrition Facts label. The Ingredients Should Be Foods, Not Chemicals .
Start by scanning the ingredient list. Do you see ingredients you recognize as foods? Or does it read like the inventory of a chemistry lab?
•Natural flavors can mean anything! The food industry uses them to replace real food which tricks your taste buds.
•Artificial sweeteners make us crave more than we should, and can be found in foods you’d never expect like yogurt.
•Hidden MSG creates an irresistibility about food that makes us eat more than we should. Ever wonder why you can’t stop at one chip? Hidden MSG is why.