I really liked reading Growing Home’s post today about reading labels. I’m a label reader for many reasons.
#1: We’re a gluten free household and letting gluten into our house would make myself and several children sick.
#2: We have three of us in the house who can’t have lactose so milk should never be a top ingredient for us.
#3: I hate processed things. I wish we all still used raw unpasturized unprocessed real foods.
#4: I don’t use MSG.
#5: I don’t use any artificial sweeteners.(I consider stevia a real sugar since it’s platn based so its ok)
#6: I don’t allow high fructose corn syrup in the house either. I don’t think it’s good and I really don’t think we need it in our foods.
These are just a few of the reasons I read labels. I also have an unwritten rule that if there is something on the list that is not easily pronounced, we don’t buy it. If the list is longer than 10 ingredients we don’t get it. Ideally I would love to only buy things with REAL food ingredients, but am not totally there yet.
Make sure to go and read this article for a great look at ingredients.