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In the previous McCool Travel: Road Trip Diet post, I said to scrutinize product labels and consume less unhealthy items.
One thing to check for on labels is the number of ingredients.
Products with more ingredients are usually less healthy. Not always–but usually.
Let’s look at bread.
Here is a label from a loaf of Pepperidge Farm whole grain bread.
This is a relatively healthy bread, too. Compare to the ingredient list from Wonder Bread (bottom label on this image).
Note the presence of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Many researchers and doctors think that HFCS is a major cause of the American obesity epidemic.
I urge you to do your own research and here is a starter article.
Here is another image and description of ingredients in Wonder Bread.
I sometimes make bread at home in a machine. The basic bread ingredients are flour, water, sugar, butter, salt, yeast. I often make a cinnamon raisin bread, adding cinnamon and raisins to the list.
My homemade bread does not have processed items (like HFCS) or chemicals, so it seems healthy to me.
Of course, it is easier–more convenient–to buy bread from a store.
Although I buy Pepperidge Farm bread at supermarkets, as much as possible I try to visit bakeries–especially on road trips.
I am fortunate to have two Great Harvest Bread locations near my house.
Here is a label from a loaf of Great Harvest bread:
I prefer products with labels having simple, short, natural words–like flour and sugar–instead of processed terms–like sorbic acid and calcium carbonate.
So, that is what I look for.
How about you?
Previous Road Trip Diet post ====> Check Labels.
To read previous posts in the Road Trip Diet series click here.
If you are a dietician, frequent or infrequent traveler, or someone who wants to contribute to this ongoing series, you can email me at CharlesMcCool@gmail.com or leave a comment.
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