Healthy eating starts by buying healthy, and the art is in knowing what to pop into your shopping basket. If you know the nutrition facts, you can buy right. Reading food labels is a great way to help you make healthier eating choices. A good rule of thumb is to only buy food with a very short list of ingredients, as highly processed foods tend to have long nutrition labels and should be avoided.
This ingredient list will help you identify what is in the food or product. The ingredients are listed in descending order by quantity, meaning that the first item on the list is the dominant ingredient, and so forth, therefore it’s important to watch out for labels that list sugar, refined flour or processed grains as top ingredients. Instead, opt for products that show healthy ingredients such as whole-wheat flour, soy, oats, fibre-items, natural sugar or monounsaturated fats, such as olive, canola or peanut oils.
If you have a hard time understanding food labels, let your doctor know. Your physician can help you better understand and can suggest simple ways to avoid certain ingredients and substitute with healthier options.