Are there certain key words that can help me to avoid fattening or unhealthy foods?
Though many food and nutrition experts agree that “no foods should be completely banned from your diet if you really want to eat them,” they also agree that certain ingredients, methods of preparing foods and marketing terms should put you “on alert” and force you to further assess whether or not it’s a good choice to eat them at all, or even in moderation.
Terms like: creamy, white sauce, trans fats, partially hydrogenated fats should give you pause and have you consider avoiding them most of the time.
Terms like: natural, naturally sweetened, sugar-free, trans fat free, fiber-fortified, fortified, should inspire you to do some detective work or consult with an expert so you are able to evaluate the product objectively to see if you are really getting a healthier product.
Navigating the supermarket and processed foods in general can be truly daunting, so consider consulting with a health professional, who has the expertise to help you evaluate foods for their healthful qualities (or not). Even one visit with this professional can help you to create a balanced diet that targets your personal goals.