One of the best tips I ever heard in regards to nutrition is this: if you can’t pronounce it, you probably shouldn’t be eating that much of it. So…let’s all read those labels, and test out our diction skills.
Here’s what I did. I read the ingredients on a label of fat free salad dressing, and Googled any ingredients that were looking suspicious. One such ingredient: EDTA, aka Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid. Makes your mouth water, doesn’t it? Well, I also found a fun little site called Whatisthatingredient.com, and this is what Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid is…sounds like the perfect compliment to a cobb salad, doesn’t it?
Good news. Most food that is unpackaged and not processed or made to have a long shelf life, has ingredients you can easily pronounce. I hope. What are the ingredients in a grape? Grape. What are the ingredients in olive oil? Olive oil. What’s in that salmon you just grilled? Salmon. Get my point? I hope. Keep things simple. Learn to cook a little, and say buh bye to all the additives and preservatives. Your body will thank you for it.
…wish I could remember who gave me that tip, so I could give them a high five. And some homemade salad dressing. Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid not included.
- Guest Blogger, Rebekah Steen