Do You Know What You Are Eating?

Do You Know What You Are Eating?

When you go grocery shopping, do you look at the back of the package, or the bottom of the package, and read the nutrition label and wonder, “What is it that I am eating?” Do you look at the ingredients on the package and wonder, “What is that?” Are you the type of person who, if you don’t know what an ingredient is, you look online on your mobile phone and figure out what it is so that way you will know what exactly you are eating inside the package?

Take instance, for bread. I will admit, I like bread, but there are some ingredients in bread and makes me wonder what it is. Take for instance, the whole wheat bread. What exactly is whole wheat? Whole wheat is a grain in which is a healthy food for you. If it says “whole wheat flour,” it’s not really whole grain. It’s just whole wheat flour. When you look at the back, or bottom, of a bread package, and it says “whole wheat flour,” but yet on the front of the package it says “whole grain,” it is not really whole grain, because it is made out of whole wheat flour.

If the very first item on the package says “whole grain,” it is a whole grain food, with whole grain flour or whole wheat grain flour. It has to have the word “whole grain” in it in order for it to be considered whole grain. So, when you look at the back of the package, like bread for instance, and you see the words “whole wheat flour,” yet the front of it says “whole grain bread,” it is not whole grain bread. It is actually whole wheat bread. You want to make sure if you are eating whole grains, it has the word “whole grain” in the ingredient and it has to be labelled as the first item on the package. For any whole grain food there is, like it says on the front of the package “whole grain,” but on the back of the package, it says “whole wheat flour,” you want to make sure it says “whole grain flour” instead of “whole wheat flour.”

The next time you go to the grocery store, look at the ingredients and wonder what you are eating. Look at the back of the package. If you cannot pronounce half the ingredients on that package, and you don’t know what it is, chances are, it is bad for you. Most of the foods that you find beginning from aisle 2 to whatever how many aisles are in the grocery store you shop at, is considered condiments and junk food, unless it is something in which you have to make in a recipe in which it calls for. Take for instance, if you make your own Chinese food, like I do, and you need lite coconut milk, then you need to, of course, get lite coconut milk. Some of the stuff in there I wonder actually what it is. But as long as you know you are making your own foods, and you are not buying it prepared, that’s the best thing for you.

It is better to make your own foods then to buy prepared, especially when it comes to Chinese food, because you may wonder what is in the Chinese food that you are eating if you are buying it prepared. The next time you want to make your own type of food, whether it be Chinese or Japanese or Korean or whatever type of foods you like to eat, it is better to make them from your own list, from your own recipes. That way you know what exactly it is that you are eating.

Anything that’s in-between aisle 2 and however many aisles that are in your store, within those aisles, make sure you read the ingredients on the back of the package. If you can’t pronounce it, and you don’t know what it is, it kind of makes you wonder what you are eating.

When you shop the perimeter of the store, you want to go from the outside in. The best, healthiest foods you will find are the ones around the perimeter of the store. You have the breads, the dairy, the meats, the vegetables, the fruits, and the dairy in the coolers in the back of the store. Those are your five main food ingredients in which you want to select from, unless, of course, you make your won foods and you need something from the middle, as long as it’s called for in the recipe book that you are making the recipe from, it’s a good idea to stay away from all the other junk foods that’s in those aisles.

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