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Okay I know I’ve had a lot of the “one thing to change” posts recently, but that should highlight that improving your nutrition isn’t difficult. It takes a several small, simple changes. This one really is easy.

READ. Read nutrition labels. Specifically the ingredients list and macronutrient profile.

If it has an ingredients list, it’s not natural or ‘organic.’ If you couldn’t grow it, it didn’t have eyes, ears, a nose and a mouth, or it didn’t come from something that had eyes, ears, a nose and a mouth, it’s not natural. If it has an ingredient list it was manufactured, by humans.

The items at the beginning of the ingredients list are the predominant ingredients. So if sugar comes first, the product is primarily made of sugar.

Just because it says ‘no sugar added’ doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have sugar. There are about 50 different ways to label sugar on foods:

Barley malt, beet syrup, buttered syrup, cane juice crystals, caramel, corn syrup, carob syrup, dextran, dextrose, diastatic malt, diatase, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, glucose, glucose solids, golden syrup, honey, high fructose corn syrup, lactose, maltodextrin, maltose, malt syrup, maple syrup, molasses, panocha, refiner’s syrup, rice syrup, sorbitol, sorghum syrup, sucrose, sugar, treacle…..

And read the label BEFORE you eat it. It pays to know what you’re putting in your mouth.

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