Even when we are doing our best to make smart choices when food shopping, it is difficult to resist well-designed packaging, clever advertising and nutritious-sounding product descriptions. As we know, packaged food is a huge business and the food industry has become expert at convincing us to buy expensive and attractive items which appear healthy.
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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.
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.