Cut It Out! 4 Things To Watch Out For In the Ingredients List

 

Woman reading label in grocery store

If you’re trying to lose weight and get in shape the first thing you will want to get in the habit of doing is reading your labels. Know what you’re consuming and how much at all times. The days of guessing are long gone and nutrition information these days is easily at your fingertips.

But what exactly should you be looking for? Here are a few things to be cautious of when reading labels:

READ: What Does That Food Label REALLY Mean?

1. Fat

Always say no to trans fats. These fats are not found in nature and are used in highly processed foods. Marketers will try to deceive you with catchy phrases like, “high in protein” or “gluten free!” printed on packaging, but labels don’t lie. Trans fats are bad fats. Period.

Small amounts of saturated fats are okay but stick to “good fats.” A general rule of thumb for good fats is fat that you can find in nature. Think foods like salmon, avocado, olive oil or nuts. Limit these to less than 10g a day. Do not eat one thing with more than 5g of saturated fat per serving.

Total fat should be limited to less than 50g per day. Again, only eat healthy fats and stay away from fried and junk foods.