Ingredient Lists

Friday, September 27, 2013

If you are what you eat, as the saying goes, reading the ingredient list on packaged foods may make you think twice about what youre putting into your body. Dr. Edward Hill explains more about ingredient lists in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Making healthy choices at the grocery store can be challenging. The claims on todays packaging can be misleading. Sugar-free, multi-grain, low fat, organicsometimes its hard to know what to choose.

Some foods are laced with dozens of ingredients with complicated names that sound like they belong in a chemistry lab, not on your plate.

Instead of relying on what the front of the package says, read the ingredient list usually located at the bottom of the food label.

Look for foods that have healthy ingredients you recognize, like whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and real cheese. And look for added ingredients like sugars, hydrogenated oils and preservatives. Manufacturers add certain ingredients because they make foods taste good, but we dont always need those added ingredients.

Know what you are eating before you eat it. Taking time to read labels before you purchase foods will help your whole family be healthier. And remember, foods that dont have labels are always super healthy. Fruits, vegetables and lean proteins have nothing to hide.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.