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Cut out the junk
Sometimes, less is more. “The fewer ingredients listed, the better,” says Schwartz. A good rule of thumb is to stick to products with ingredients you recognize and can easily pronounce.
When scanning the label, steer clear of these words:
Partially hydrogenated oil: Drop the package! This means trans fats.
Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA): It’s a preservative used to prevent fat and/or oil from spoiling. BHA is found in gum, butter, meats, cereals, snack foods — even cosmetics and food packaging.
Enriched flour and inulin: The labels of high-fibre foods will ideally say “whole grain,” and not “enriched wheat flour” or “inulin” (a fibre-containing ingredient). Neither offers the same benefits as a whole grain.
Sodium nitrates and nitrites: Salty preservatives found in processed meats, like cold cuts, hot dogs and bacon.