- Labeling on boxes is misleading or very difficult to decipher in one way or another. It is marketing, not truthful information about what you are buying.
- Ignore the nutrition facts labels, they are a formality. They really do not mean much unless you go through complex mathematical equations only to come to the answer that the product has very little to no nutritional value. From now on, just assume that is status quo.
Read the ingredients and look for:
- Quantity of ingredients (more than 15? Probably on the higher end of the damaging scale)
- Ingredients go in order of volume, so the first few ingredients are what make up most of the food product.
- There are many words for white flour. Unless it says "whole wheat flour" exactly, it is white flour. Even when it says, "wheat flour", it is white flour. The same goes for the wording of sugars, dangerous chemicals like msg, fats, soy, and much more.
- Primarily look for the names of whole foods. If you start seeing words that are not easily pronounceable, or familiar to your everyday English language it is likely a more damaging processed food product.
The goal is to:
- Meal plan so that you don't depend on them as a primary food source.
- When you do eat them, understand they are a treat and eat slowly, enjoy it, relax and breathe, and not only will you actually experience pleasure instead of guilt, you will eat less of it.
- Never try to justify eating processed food products by making unscientific analyses of this or that. Just except that it is a junk food and enjoy the times you choose to eat it.