By Sally Cameron
The New Year is a great time to recommit to your journey to a healthier life. And learning to read food labels is crucial skill to accomplish that goal. In fact, it might just save your life. Whether shopping for groceries or cleaning out your pantry, here are tips on how to read labels.
Why Read Food Labels
Reading labels will help you understand what you are putting into your body, allowing you to make smarter choices. Why bother? Because food is not just fuel – it’s medicine. Learn to read labels and choose foods that heal instead of harm.
Food and Labels
Ideally, our focus is foods without labels such as fresh, whole vegetables and fruit. Foods grown on a plant, not made in a plant are our healthiest options. But many healthy foods do come in cans, packages, or frozen. Think of canned tomatoes, beans, coconut milk, canned pumpkin, nuts, intact whole grains and seeds like quinoa and rice, and frozen berries. These foods that are pantry staples that help us get meals made when time is short or items are out of season.