Food & Nuitrition

Here’s why you should NEVER ignore food labels!

The importance of reading food labels!

Some of my favourite food mantras are from the food writer Michael Pollan (from his book Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual)

  • Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself
  • Eat sweet foods as you find them in nature
  • If it came from a plant, eat it, if it was made in a plant, don’t.
  • Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not (such as artificial butter or margarine)
  • Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-standard child cannot pronounce
  • Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients
  • Avoid foods that have some form of sugar (or sweetener) listed among the top three ingredients
  • Don’t eat anything your grandmother would not recognize as food

In conclusion, food labels (and statutory regulations by governments) are to help us choose our food well. By reading labels, we can effectively select products that are better for us. So go ahead, start a label reading habit (teach your kids how to read food labels too) and live a healthier life, sooner than later.

 

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