I would like to challenge you all to a pantry purge! I encourage you to purge your kitchen of any and all junk food offenders. If it doesn’t promote health, it’s going in the trash.
Don’t be fooled by clever marketing phrases like “all natural” or “100% healthy” – there’s a lot of leeway in these claims. The goal is to get consumers to purchase the food, not to improve their health.
You’re too smart to fall for this hoax.
Donate or toss the foods you know contain junky ingredients. Pay special attention to canned foods and packaged items, which are often the worst offenders. My clients often ask, “How do I know which foods are junk?”
Here are a few quick terms that raise red flags:
- long shelf-life; packaged in plastic containers, metal cans, or cardboard boxes
- artificial food coloring ingredients such as red dye 40, yellow 5, and green 3
- artificial sweeteners like aspartame, Splenda, and xylitol
- trans fats, often called hydrogenated oils, partially hydrogenated oils, or shortening
- any ingredient you can’t pronounce
The more you stay committed to whole foods and simple ingredients, the more your health will benefit.