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3 Ingredients I Make Sure To Avoid



Happy day after the Super Bowl!! How is everyone recovering!? We are happy here because the Eagles won!! Kyle was over the moon yesterday night but I have to say that game was a nail biter!

Today we are back to reality and while grocery shopping this morning I had an idea for a blog post/s, what ingredients to look out for when grocery shopping. This may turn into some sort of series because there is a lot to talk about. There are so many ingredients to avoid but it can be overwhelming when first learning about all of it so I decided to start with 3 common ingredients.

My biggest recommendation is to pick one of these ingredients and on your next trip to the store don't buy anything with that one ingredient. Once you have got the hang of spotting that one ingredient pick another one to start looking out for/avoiding. Small changes can lead to big differences so keep it simple and don't ever feel bad for not being perfect when it comes to avoiding these things. Being healthy is a lifestyle so in general avoid these three ingredients but every once in a while is a-okay.
I would never tell you to never eat a candy bar again! 

1. Colors like blue, yellow, green, red, etc. 

Wtf is the ingredient "blue"?? There is no nutritional value in "red" it's only there to make very unnatural colors. That bright blue Gatorade yeah that shade of blue is definitely not natural and neither is that rainbow colored cereal. These "ingredients" are linked to ADHD, allergies, hyperactivity, etc. and studies done with rodents have shown tumors in multiple organs as well as an effect of the immune system. Why consume something that has no benefit for you and could actually cause serious harm? Look out for anything with a vibrant color because that did not come from the food itself. 

2. "Cheap" oils

Okay I call palm, corn, or soybean oils "cheap" oils because that's why companies use them instead of an oil like olive, for the most part. Obviously it's a little more complicated than that but that's how I think of it in my mind. When these oils are blasted with hydrogen they become trans fat which is a big health no-no. Trans fat raises your "bad" cholesterol and lowers your "good" cholesterol which can cause a slew of problems such as increasing your risk for blood clots and heart attacks. Yikes!! 

3. Sugar

Added sugar is what we're focusing on here not naturally occurring sugar like what is in fruits. Added sugar is every where, it is getting out of control! Too much sugar can spike your blood sugar levels causing a rush of energy but then a hard drop which in turn makes you hangry. What do we all do when we're hangry?? Grab whatever we can get our hands on which typically isn't the healthiest. Also, eating a lot of sugar causes your triglycerides levels to rise which increases your risk for heart disease. While sugar is sugar eating an apple for instance has lots of vitamins and minerals in it as well where as a candy bar has no nutritional value. Now companies get tricky, they can "hide" sugar under many names such as: agave syrup, cane juice, cane syrup, corn syrup, dextrose, fructose, and more! While you may know that added sugar is in a candy bar it can also hide in tomato sauce, nut butters, oatmeal, frozen food, fruit juice, salad dressings, ketchup, maple syrup, etc.  

Wowza that was a lot of info! High five if you read it all! I know it can be a lot of info at once but, like I said, don't get overwhelmed and start looking out for all the sugars, oils and colors. Again, keep it simple and pick one of these to keep your eye out for. Hope this was helpful!!

XOXO, Maddy 

P.S. here are the links to articles where I did my research! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6  

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