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If you are like me you have been reading labels on food products to check that the ingredients do not contain things you do not want to eat.

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This is especially important if you are following diets and nutritional regimens such as the Doug Kaufmann Phase One Diet or a “Grain Free” or Gluten Free diet.

You know…. we try to avoid things like high fructose corn syrup, monosodium glutamate (MSG), yeast and so forth to maintain a higher level of health and wellness. Also avoiding excessive sugar and processed ingredients.

I have gotten pretty good at it. I can usually spot the preservatives and artificial ingredients and avoid making poor choices.

So at the very least I know when I prepare my own meals that I can be sure I am following my own path to health.

Now – it’s not always easy to find out the ingredients in the food we eat.

I just recently had a good old fashioned meal with family and decided to look at one of the cans in the garbage and sure enough the diced tomatoes had high fructose corn syrup.

If I were reading the labels I’d try to buy only foods that were pure or close to pure, especially when recipes call for stuff in cans.

Dining out can also be risky.

When we eat out we don’t get to see the full list of ingredients or even have any idea of what products are used.

How do they make the sauce? What’s really in that gravy?

Also – some labels can be intentionally confusing or even misleading. That’s because some big food companies have managed to change the names and hide ingredients.

Also what exactly are “natural flavors”???

I’ve read that is actually another name for MSG??? I don’t know that for a fact but now that I heard that I am very suspicious when ingredients list natural flavors. At the very least “natural flavors” must be processed to the extreme in some labratory concoction.

And let’s not even get started on GMO’s right now.

Boy – who would have thought that eating good healthy food would be such an adventure?

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