Video: How To Read Ingredient Labels

I am super excited to share this video with you today. Reading ingredient labels is one of the most important steps you can take when it comes to cutting out highly processed foods. And that’s because reading the ingredients is the number one way to know what’s in your food.

Honestly, food marketers make it no easy task though. They distract us with misleading claims on the front of the package and often use terminology that makes the product sound better than it really is. So watch along while I walk you through eight real life packaged food examples and explain how to decipher each of their ingredient labels!



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  1. Holly |

    Thank you. This was helpful. Could you do one that shows more of what you found to be good, like the blue box of Annie’s Mac and cheese? That would save this mom of 4 some time with reading labels! 😀

  2. Lindsey |

    Your blog is so helpful and informative. Thank you for helping demystify some of the tricky language used on food labels!

  3. Christine Oler |

    I have absolutely loved you blog! The recipes are easy to follow and it makes me so happy that my family of six is trying to eat “real food”. I am looking for some advice though. Somethings my kids just won’t give up. Especially when it comes to yogurt. My daughters love fruit or granola with yogurt. I have started buying plain, whole yogurt and flavoring it myself. But my kids absolutely hate it! I have to admit, I put a lot of vanilla flavor in and I was still on the fence! Any suggestions?

    • Katie |

      Try adding honey or maple syrup to sweeten it, then add fruit/granola. I also just add some of my homemade freezer jam (which I still made with sugar this last batch, but plan to use Lisa’s recipe next time).

    • Wendy |

      All yogurt is not created equal. We buy to a locally made organic yogurt that tastes so much better than the ones we’ve purchased in the super market. I have bought branded yogurt in a pinch and my kids definitely noticed the difference. We do put honey and berries and sometimes granola in the yogurt. I wouldn’t bother with vanilla. Vanilla requires sugar to taste good.

  4. Jacqueline |

    Great video! I hope you have more videos in the future!

  5. Jane |

    Thanks for the info! Super helpful. However, you didn’t elaborate on what the 5 whole ingredient thing is… Can you explain that part a little more? Thanks!

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

      Hi Jane. We use the 5 ingredient rule as a marker to help people when choosing foods that are least processed. The more ingredients, typically, the more processed…especially if those are ingredients that you wouldn’t see in a whole/real foods pantry. There are, obviously, exceptions but 5 ingredients is the yard stick we use. :)

  6. sandy r |

    Loved your video, and since finding your site I have slowly changed what we buy. The only thing is I would love to see a video with some alternative choices for things like crackers. As of right now we don’t buy any crackers because I was overwhelmed trying to find a alternative my kids would eat.

    • Assistant to 100 Days (Amy) |

      Hello Sandy. Lisa buys whole wheat matzo crackers and sometimes the Crunchmaster brand. ~Amy

    • Susan |

      I found a cracker I love at Whole Foods. It is their brand, looks just like a Triscuit, but only contains whole wheat and I believe salt. Much blander that Triscuits, but with a chunk of cheese they taste great!

  7. Bill |

    Great Video. Thank you! Just got the book and will start reading today!

  8. |

    Good Lord, there is no telling what all I have been eating!!. I thought that doing a pantry audit was good. SHRIEK!! I need to trash it all… I am assuming that you start off slow. Like with the crackers. If you find the correct ones..Meaning all organic then thats the ones you keep buying? What about cookies, cupcakes, cakes, pies. Do you make any?

  9. Joann Ortiz |

    Hi. Love your blog. I hear the word organic thrown around alot these days. Can you explain what that term means. Thanks

  10. Michelle |

    This was a great video, but showing a good option after each highly processed option would be really helpful to people who are new to label reading.

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