Body Fit Tip

Reading Food Labels
Part II - Ingredients

Knowledge is empowering. Ignorance is not. More and more we find ourselves in a position of having to do our own research. With so much information out there, that can be a challenge. It also take effort. That's a good thing! You should know what is best for you. You are responsible for you. But, being educated on what goes into the machine, called the body, is not that easy. There are many traps and signs posted the wrong way. Here are some facts:

1. Ingredients must be labeled in order of content. The first ingredient has the largest amount in a product, the last ingredient, the least.
That's all the facts. Now comes the not-so-clear- "facts", otherwise known as deception:

2. Hydrogenated oils, otherwise known as transfats. An unsaturated fat infused with hydrogen molecules for preservation, which converts it into a saturated fat. Not good. Other aliases:

3. Natural flavorings - what's that? Sugar is a natural flavoring, so is salt, so is fat, and so on.

4. Chemicals, preservatives, and colorings. Limit your food selections with too much of these. It only makes sense!