There was a time when we remember always looking at the calorie content of food. Then we were told to also worry about the fat, and not just the fat, the saturated fat because that was the kind of fat that turned solid on our hips. Then there was trans fat, carbohydrates, blah, blah, blah. Not that all these things aren’t important, but it really can be so much simpler. Just read the ingredients.
- Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients
- Avoid it if there is sugar (or some form of sugar) within the top three ingredients
- Don’t eat anything that your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
- Avoid food products that contain ingredients that a third grader cannot pronounce
If you think about these things, it will make it much simpler to figure out what is real food and what is not. There are so many choices out there; we have to keep simple rules like these in mind to keep us focused on buying real food. We read recently that “17,000 new products end up in the grocery store each year.” That is crazy! How much of that is real food? You can’t say that they have invented a new carrot or a new kind of grape. So, the majority of that is some form of processed food like substance.
So, keep it simple and don’t worry about all that other stuff, just read the ingredients!