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Tip #23 - How to read a food label

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Continuing on from last week's post about checking for sugar in cereal, I thought it would be a good idea

to throw out some tips about reading food labels. Here are some basic tips to get you started:

1. Manufacturers must put ingredients in order. So the largest ingredient is at the top of the list, and

traces are at the bottom. If sugar is one of the first three ingredients on the list, this is probably a food

that’s best avoided.

2. Also give a wide berth to anything that has an ingredient list that looks like something from a

chemist’s shop.

3. Avoid anything that is modified, hydrogenated or partially modified. Most of these items mean it's

been highly processed to get more profit without any care for your health.

4. Always look at the values per 100g, as a serving size is most often a lot smaller than you would have

as a serving.

It's really not that difficult to be honest. You just need to look for foods that have just a few ingredients

that you recognise. Always try to avoid highly processed foods and stick to raw foods as much as possible

and you can't go far wrong.

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