Many packaged foods that seem healthy often contain fillers, preservatives and other ingredients you don’t want in your diet. It is always preferable to choose products that have only handful of Ingredients, all of which should be recognizable. One test to know whether an ingredient is healthy is to ask yourself whether your grandmother would recognize it. If not, there is a good chance the ingredient is less natural food and more man-made chemical. Another good test is whether or not you can easily pronounce the ingredient. If you feel like you need a science degree to pronounce it properly, chances are the ingredient is worth avoiding.
If you do have to resort to a processed food for a snack or dinner (anything canned, packaged, etc.), try to avoid those that contain the ingredients listed in the following chart. Although this isn’t an exhaustive list, these ingredients are some of the most highly processed and least healthy of all:
|Ingredient||Why it is Used||Why it is Bad|
(Acesulfame-K, Aspartame, Equal®, NutraSweet®, Saccharin, Sweet’n Low®, Sucralose, Splenda® & Sorbitol)
|Benzoate Preservatives (BHT, BHA, TBHQ)|
|Brominated Vegetable Oil (BVO)|
|High Fructose Corn Syrup|
|MSG (Monosodium Glutamate)|
|Shortening, Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils|
(Palm, Soybean and others)
Excerpted from "GET REAL" and STOP Dieting! Copyright 2009 - Brett Blumenthal
Originally posted on sheerbalance.com
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