Do you sweat bullets each time you go grocery shopping hoping you select the best product from the menagerie of food items to choose from? Trust me I get it. After years of being on the reading labels path, I shouldn’t be appalled by what I read on a food label when I shop — but I am!

For instance, today I went to the local Safeway to pick up some veggies. We live in a rural community and the Sprouts was too far out of our way. My daughter requested some beef sausage. No exaggeration, every single beef sausage on the shelf either had corn syrup as the 2nd ingredient, or some form of gluten as an ingredient within the 1st four ingredients. It shouldn’t surprise me anymore — but it does!

I make this point because I’m religious about reading labels and I still slip. Occasionally I grab an item without reading the ingredients because I trust the “brand” only to realize when I get home, there is something like sugar in the product. HINT: Always read the label before you purchase even if you trust the brand. Some brands sell their product to larger companies who then change the ingredients, but still continue to package with the brand logo. 

Tips for purchasing whole foods

  1. Shop the peripheral, out edges of the store. That’s where you’ll find the whole foods.
  2. Whole foods are top priority – select unprocessed meats and vegetables whenever possible.
  3. Raw seeds and nuts are usually found in bulk containers.
  4. Cheese and milk are sometimes considered “whole foods” when in fact they are processed. Check ingredients on dairy products. Strive for the #1 ingredient to be whole milk. Reduced fat milk products contain gluten which is equivalent to sugar.

Tips for purchasing packaged food

  1. Look for foods that have five ingredients or less.
  2. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient it probably isn’t good for you.
  3. Avoid any product that has sugar in the ingredient list.
  4. Check grams per serving for sugar – strive for less than 2 grams (if it has more than 2 grams there is probably a hidden sugar in the ingredients).

Sugar is a real enemy. It is disguised in many different names and forms. It’s easy to get fooled. To be prepared, print this “Names for Sugar” list so you can take it to the store with you when you shop.

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To your good health!

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