Do you ever read the ingredients in food and wonder why it sounds like your food is actually made of chemicals? Do you ever wonder if what you are eating is even safe? Me too, and a new survey indicates that people are indeed ingesting potentially harmful ingredients because they are misreading or unable to understand those confusing ingredient lists (and I often wonder if that is intentional).
What is Potassium Sorbate? Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate? Disodium Dihydrogen Pyrophosphate? Good Food Made Simple, a brand committed to using clean, simple ingredients without anything artificial, believes that if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, or don’t know what it means, you should be highly skeptical of eating it.
Good Food Made Simple is launching “Eat Clean, Eat Simple,” a national campaign that helps people take control of what they put in their bodies by educating and inspiring them to read and understand ingredient labels, not just glance at the Nutrition Facts. As a national, all-natural packaged food company out of Boston, MA, GFMS doesn’t use preservatives or hydrogenated oils for its quick, convenient and delicious meals. Good Food Made Simple products include several varieties of frozen oatmeal, egg patties, breakfast burritos, breakfast bowls, mac ‘n cheese and entrée burritos.
Despite warnings about harmful ingredients found in packaged food, Americans still purchase and consume foods that contain ingredients directly linked to long-term health problems. In fact, many have come to expect that artificial ingredients and preservatives will be in their food. People need to make time to learn what ingredients mean for their health. Studies show that even a small amount of trans fat can result in an increased risk of coronary heart disease.
I actually stopped giving my sons vitamins until I could find one that didn’t have dyes in it (linked to cancer) and I stopped taking my prenatal vitamins for the same reason, opting to only take folic acid until I found a more natural option. It kind of angers me that even health and food products specifically for children that are being recommended by doctors (vitamins and fever reducers and more) still contain artificial and harmful dyes, preservatives, and other ingredients. I mean, who cares what color their medicine is? Why is anything that can be unhealthy for us allowed to be sold to us?
Want to learn more about eating clean and being healthy?
Visit GoodFoodMadeSimple.com/EatClean to learn more about ingredients found in packaged foods, dispel common food myths and download a “Top 10 List of Ingredients to Avoid.” There are also quizzes that you can participate in to get coupons or a chance to win a “Clean Supermarket Sweep”, a grocery-shopping spree with a food expert to guide label reading and clean food purchasing.
We can make smarter choices, and should. For example, buy frozen. Unlike packaged or canned vegetables, frozen vegetables are very fresh and do not require preservatives, so start heading toward the frozen section of your market when you shop for groceries. For more information go to GoodFoodMadeSimple.com, Facebook.com/GoodFoodMadeSimple, or follow @GFMSimple on Twitter.
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