As a nutritionist and health coach, I spend my days helping people change their diet in order to change their health. It is deeply rewarding to witness the transformative effects that nutrition brings to health and well-being. In my efforts to understand and translate science-based research for the benefit of my clients, last month I joined the Oldways conference, Finding Common Ground, where diet and nutrition experts convened for two days to reach consensus on what Americans should be eating. It was thrilling to listen to the world’s top nutrition scientists debating the merits of competing dietary philosophies.
You might assume that any ingredient with a long or difficult-to-pronounce name must be bad for you, but that’s a myth. Take a look at our product ingredient lists and you’ll likely find a few scary-sounding words—but, unlike what you may have been led to believe, that’s nothing to worry about. Why? Beautycounter uses the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients) system, an internationally recognized way of standardizing labels on cosmetic products. It’s designed to help companies stay consistent, minimize language barriers, and provide consumers with greater transparency.
As Beautycounter’s Head of Environment, Health, and Safety, Mia Davis receives many questions about skincare ingredients, including: “How can you have safe products if you use some synthetic ingredients?” People are understandably confused about the difference between ingredient “safety” and ingredient “source.”
Are you eating more sugar than you think you are? If you’re trying to cut down on (or eliminate) sugar, it may not be as simple as it sounds. Sugar seems to sneak into virtually every processed food, and often under code names that don’t explicitly say “sugar.”
Do you know that food companies can decide for themselves which additives are safe?
It’s time to look into how new ingredients get from the food industry’s lab to your dinner table. Thousands of these additives now exist in our food supply.
I love this time of year. After a long, cold winter, how can you resist the sun when it beckons you to go outside?
Before you leave the house, though, be sure to reduce your risk of skin damage. Cover up with a shirt, put on sunglasses and check the UV index to plan events around the sun. Early morning or late afternoon are the best times to go outdoors.
I stick to a mostly whole foods diet, but when I’m buying something packaged, I have a few very easy rules for reading food labels. These are so simple that you can even teach them to kids:
First, I look at the list of ingredients, and if it’s very long and includes things I can’t pronounce, then I do not want to eat that food.
Chances are, the foods you are choosing at the grocery store are making up a good portion of your diet, which means you should be doing your best to make your shopping experience a successful and healthy one! Use these 5 tips to get the most out of your shopping experience and successfully navigate your grocery store with ease.
The world is hard enough to migrate without adding, “what’s in your personal care products” to the list of concerns. We teach our children to trust their teachers, doctors while shying away from people they do not know. It is a complicated message to have both trust and skepticism and know where and when to draw the line.
I consider real food to be foods that are as close to nature as possible, with very few ingredients. That means foods that our grandparents would recognize and gladly eat. But in today’s supermarkets even finding something as simple as bread or butter requires some savvy skills.