Where to Start

Crackers, cookies, pasta, condiments and more can have some ingredients that may not be the best for our health. But, this doesn’t mean you have to give up your favorite snacks or even Oreos😂, maybe just buy a better choice one made from real food ingredients!

Everyone is at a different stage of their health food journey. That’s why it’s so important to encourage and educate, rather than judge and shame! So these are the ingredients (found in a pantry) I’d try to get rid of if I were a beginner, intermediate, and an advance person on a health journey. And if you’ve been eating some of these for years, this list is not to fear you or overwhelm you. These are purely a suggestion, and only a suggestion (not a comprehensive list), of items that may help your body feel better if eliminated.

Maybe take the time today to look for these ingredients in your pantry. If you have these, simply make a goal to replace with a better choice once you run out of that item.

BEGINNER - TOP 9 INGREDIENTS TO START WITH:
➡️Artificial sweeteners - acesulfame potassium (ace- k), sucralose, aspartame.
➡️Artificial preservatives - BHT, BHA
➡️Artificial dyes - red 40, blue 1, yellow 5, yellow 6, etc.
➡️Artificial flavorings
➡️High fructose corn syrup
➡️Hydrogenated oils
➡️GMO ingredients - (anything with the words soy, corn, sugar, canola, cotton in it)
➡️Nitraites - sodium nitrite, sodium nitrate
➡️Vegetable oil

INTERMEDIATE - move to these once you’ve got the beginner ingredients down and you want to move on:
➡️Added sugars - try to reduce the amount
➡️Autolyzed yeast extract
➡️Bleached flour
➡️Caramel color - synthetically made
➡️DATEM - Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Monoglycerides
➡️Maltodextrin
➡️Mono- and diglycerides
➡️MSG - monosodium glutamate
➡️Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Phosphate
➡️TBHQ

ADVANCE / PRO - not a necessity to get these out of your diet unless you are wanting to live by whole food ingredients only. These are found in many of the “better and best” choices
➡️Carrageenan
➡️Cellulose
➡️Citric acid
➡️Gums
➡️Natural flavors