In my clean eating group today, we are looking at INGREDIENT LABELS!
When buying pre-packaged foods, it is CRUCIAL that you READ the WHOLE label, not just the pretty logo part. The first thing that I do is look at the INGREDIENTS list. Many of you might have heard the “if you can’t say it, you shouldn’t buy it” idea, but I think there’s a better rule of thumb.
Look at each ingredient carefully. Could you put all of those items on a shopping list and buy them in the store? If the answer is yes, then it is clean! If the answer is no…DO NOT BUY IT!
For example, let’s start with an jar of spaghetti sauce. If the ingredients are, “tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil”, then you know it’s clean. You can buy tomatoes, garlic, olive oil and basil in any grocery store. But if the ingredient list says, “tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, basil and maltodextrin”, you would want to put it back. You wouldn’t buy JUST maltodextrin in a store!
Warning: This will not be EASY to do. You will have to really HUNT for clean packaged items in stores. Why is this so hard? It’s the whole point of CLEAN EATING. You want to purchase less packaged items and more whole food items, mostly from the produce section. Foods that do not require labels because the ingredient list IS the item itself.
YOUR TURN: Pull out one of your FAVORITE packaged foods, and post the ingredients list below, and tell us: is it CLEAN OR NOT CLEAN?
Remember: if you wouldn’t buy all of the ingredients in store, it is NOT CLEAN!