This is part of a series I’ve been creating for Azumio! Azumio is an app company dedicated to improve health and wellness by tracking sleep and steps, monitoring your glucose levels and heart rate, and providing exercise libraries and routines.
Don’t let the marketing on the front of the box of cereal or crackers mislead you. The ingredient list is the real place to see just how “good” or “healthy” your food is. Located right under the nutrition facts, this list (often a paragraph with processed foods) can be the make it or break it moment for you to decide if you should buy it or not.
The ingredients list starts by listing the major ingredients first, and then going down by weight. If you buy a can of beans, beans will be listed first, followed by water, then whatever else is added lower on the list. The lower it is, the less it has been used in comparison to the other ingredients.
As you’re reading an ingredient list on most processed foods, you’ll notice a lot of things with very long, possibly unpronounceable names. If you’re unsure what it is, look it up. The fancy name could mean salt, sugar, fat, or it could mean something’s added in your food you don’t want to eat.