Are you reading labels on food packages?

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This sponsored conversation about reading labels on food packages is brought to you by The Motherhood and Good Food Made Simple.

Are you reading labels on food packages? And if you are, do you even know what you’re reading? Chances are, probably not. Only thirty-five percent of Americans always read ingredient lists before purchasing packaged food. Of those people, only half of them do so to make sure that all of the ingredients are clean (no preservatives, no additives, no hydrogenated oils (a source of trans fat), no artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners).

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I’d love to not rely on packaged foods to feed my family, but the fact is, the option isn’t always there. So it’s important to me to find foods, at least some of the time that aren’t full of ingredients I just don’t want them to have. The more we find out at undesirable ingredients in foods, and the effects of them, the more I want to avoid them. I know it’s not going to be easy but it’s something I need to do.

Luckily, I was introduced to Good Food Made Simple. They are a national, all-natural packaged food company out of Boston, MA that vets all their ingredients to meet a strict criteria of no artificial preservatives, no hydrogenated oils (a source of trans fat), and no artificial ingredients (including colors, flavors and sweeteners. And you know what, they aren’t bad.

Paired with a fresh fruit salad, this chicken apple sausage egg white burrito makes a delicious meal.

Burrito and fruit Salad

Funny story. Good Food Made Simple sent me a box of their foods to try and stashed them in my spare freezer. Within days my husband is like, hey those new burritos you got for me for my lunches are pretty good. Where are they from. Ack! Honey, they are for a blog post, don’t eat them all yet… Whoops right? But the good news is, they were a hit in our house, and luckily they are easy to find – I’ve picked Good Food Simple up at Target.

There are lots of great choices, like frozen oatmeal, egg patties, breakfast burritos, breakfast bowls, mac ‘n cheese and entrée burritos. , The burritos and steel cut oats are a real hit in our house!

Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up that box of frozen whatnot – read the ingredient list. According to Good Food Made Simple, there are many ingredients you want to avoid, but here are the top ten.

Artificial Flavors
Artificial Colors
Nitrates & Nitrites
Hydrogenated Fats or Oils
BHA and BHT
Artificial Sugars
High Fructose Corn Syrup
Sodium Benzoate
Potassium Sorbate
MSG

Want to tackle eating clean beyond reading labels on food packages?

Be sure to check out GoodFoodMadeSimple.com/eatclean – you’ll find lots of fantastic information, including the following:

  • Unacceptable Ingredient glossary – a resource for consumers as they read labels
  • Eat Clean, Eat Simple food myth of the week
  • An ingredient quiz
  • Coupons and a chance to win a “Clean Supermarket Sweep” – a grocery-shopping spree with a food expert to guide label reading and clean food purchasing.

What steps have you taken to eat clean? Do you read labels?

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Comments

  1. says

    I took the quiz and got them all right!! I do read labels and almost always if I can’t pronounce it or don’t know what an ingredient is, I put it back on the shelf. There are a few things that we get anyway, but not too many. I stay mostly on the edges of the grocery store, where the fresh ingredients are located. Not 100%, but probably 90%.
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  2. Jenine says

    I’m going to have to go look in Target now to see if I can find these products. We’re avid label readers but hadn’t had much success in finding natural foods (other than produce) that don’t cost a lot. We just had a Whole Foods open up relatively near us, so I’m excited about that. Although they tend to overprice.

  3. Priscilla S. says

    I don’t buy anything without reading labels! I check food, skincare and even cleaning product labels. I make an effort to avoid chemicals as much as I can.

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