Top Criteria When You’re Reading Ingredients

Reading the ingredient list on a nutrition label can be daunting at times.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when you look at an ingredient list.


Ingredients are listed in order from the greatest amount to the least.

  • The fewer the number of ingredients, the better.
  • The first or second ingredient should be what the packaging claims the product to be.
  • If the first ingredient is “sugar”, put it back!
  • If the first ingredient says “enriched wheat flour”… think twice.
  • If there’s a long list of scary-sounding ingredients you can’t pronounce… not a good idea!
  • Say no to artificial sweeteners, colorings and flavorings – they mess with your brain!
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