I read labels. It all started when I was a young bachelor and I wanted something “fancy” for dinner. I bought one of those seasoned rice packets, prepared and ate it, noticing it was very salty. When I looked at the listed ingredients I was shocked to discover that except for rice, it was pretty much all chemicals! I thought it was going to be just rice with herbs. Why did I need those artificial colors, flavors and preservatives?
By now, we _all_ know that processed foods are loaded with additives, for good or bad. But reading label after label, you find the same ones in almost everything. If I were to begin a career in manufacturing, I think I would make a lot of money producing Enriched Wheat Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Soy Bean Oil, Citric Acid or Soy Lecithin.
There are some things I will not eat, because they contain these or other additives. I have become a “make-it-from-scratch” kind of person as opposed to a “buy-it-in-a-can” person. I know there are good reasons to buy canned products and processed foods on occasion, (sweetened condensed milk comes to mind) but some products will not be purchased willingly by me because of their additives.
Personally, I want nothing with Aspartame, or multiple sugars (i.e. Corn syrup _and_ Sugar _and_ Dextrose _and_ Glucose, etc.) I avoid MSG and any kind of “lo-cal” chemical substitutes. And I really try to avoid artificial flavorings.
I am of the mind that using real ingredients (butter, sugar, eggs) is healthier than using chemical substitutes, but that’s a debate in itself.
What additives do you refuse to buy, perhaps opting for a more “healthy” substitute (if there is one)?