I had a huge response after I gave a talk on Tuesday on Health Care Secrets about the segments regarding food labels.  I’ve decided to post the list of things to avoid when looking at food labels which I have adopted from Kevin Trudeau’s book as well Tim Ferris’ blog.

There are a million and one ways to improve your nutritional habits but in my eyes, the biggest one over looked is not ony what you put into your body, but the quality of it.  As my wife and I gear up to have a baby, we have been much more concerned about not only what she eats and what’s in it, but also what other things we are buying is made of and how it is produced.  As I said earlier, of all of the things I talked about in my workshop, this was the biggest surprise for people.

Things to avoid eating if you read them on the back of the label:

  1. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Period.
  2. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
  3. Aspartame
  4. High Fructose Corn Syrup
  5. Hydrogenated or Partially Hydrogenated Oils
  6. Sugar
  7. Natural and Artificial Flavors
  8. Artificial Colors
  9. Palm Oil
  10. Dextrose, Sucrose, Fructose
  11. Sucrolose- Splenda
  12. Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour

Also, taking a look at food labels on meat products is becoming more and more important as the FDA is lightening up the regulations on what they actually call meat.  Some general guidelines and descriptions are:

  • All Natural = absolutely nothing, it’s not really regulated a lot.  It just means that no synthetic or artificial products were used.
  • Grass Fed = this just means that at some point the animal is allowed to be fed grass or has access to grass.  It doesn’t necissarily mean that it was only fed grass, they can be fed grain also.  This is regulated by the USDA.
  • Free Range = this means the animal has had some access to the outdoors.  This is not really regulated.  “Pasture Raised” means a lot more in this situation.
  • Organic = now we’re getting somewhere.  This is USDA as well as third-party regulated.  The animal has no hormones or antibiotics.
  • Vegetarian Fed = doesn’t mean jack.  This just means that the animal was fed a vegetarian diets, not necessarily that it was treated fairly or available to pasture.
  • Humanely Raised, Certified Humane = This certification means that the farmer underwent a rigorous process to verify that all aspects of the animals life is treated fairly and humanely.  Usually this comes from a third-party.

Again, these are just some facts and tid-bits I’ve picked up along way.  As a side note regarding nutrition, I do believe it’s a very important aspect of someone’s health but it’s just as vitaly important to make sure that your nervous system gets checked and balanced as it is to eat healthy foods and exercise.