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What’s In Your Food?

Posted by Shannon Clark on

On a quest to eat healthier? If you have been diligently making some changes to your meal plan, one thing that you may be missing in the picture is what’s really in your food.

One big mistake that many people make along the way is getting all wrapped up in calorie counting and tracking macros. They focus so heavily on making sure the ‘numbers line up’ that they forget to stop and consider what they are really eating. 

It’s not an issue of anything goes here. While sure, there are flexible dieting approaches out there that claim you can eat anything you want as long as the calories and macros add up, the fact is, if you want to feel your best (not just look your best!) the foods you are eating matters. 

So you need to stop and ask yourself from time to time, what’s really in your food? 

The answer might just surprise you… 

Sugar 

One of the biggest things you must steer clear of if you are going to optimize your health is sugar. But yet, it is in almost every food you find in a package these days. The best way to avoid is to simply eat foods that were created by Mother Nature. 

Do that and you’ll get some healthy forms of fruit or vegetable sugars, but you won’t be getting the added table sugar that is found in so many options today. 

Some of the places where sugar likes to sneak in where it’s least expected include ketchup, condiments, breads, yogurt and other dairy products, as well as even in some meats if they have been glazed or marinated. 

Sugar is everywhere and is really taking a toll on our health. 

Additives 

The next thing you’ll want to consider is additives. What ingredients are being added to your food to help extend the shelf life, give it a better texture in your mouth, or worse, make you want to eat more of it? 

It’s sad to say but many food manufacturers have figured out certain compounds that tend to stroke our appetite and make us want to eat higher volumes of food. For them, this is a good thing. You buy more and they make more money. 

For you, it’s not so advantageous. You gain weight and your health is down the tubes. 

A good way to watch for additives is to read the ingredient panel on any food you are considering eating. 

Does it contain a number of ingredients you can’t even pronounce? That’s a sure-fire sign it’s time to stay away. 

Pesticides 

Finally, you’ll also want to consider any pesticides that may have been used in the foods you are eating. You could be eating ‘healthy’ by choosing fresh fruits and vegetables thinking you’re doing well when in reality, those foods are laden with these pesticides that are putting you at risk for serious harm. 

The best way round this is to opt for organic produce. It’s the safest way to give you body the high quality nutrition that you deserve. 

So as yourself, what’s in your food? Do a little research and you might just be surprised.