Food you order from your car and food you buy in a box should be avoided. With that said, in today’s culture everybody wants things done quickly. “Microwave Ready” is an important thing to put on the package.

Everything you can put in your mouth either helps or hurts your health.

If you absolutely MUST eat that stuff, at least take a bit of time to find out what you’re putting in your body. There are some things you should NEVER eat:

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  • Aspartame and Sucralose (Nutrasweet and Splenda)
  • Monosodium Glutamate

That’s a short list of absolutely never. That stuff is plain bad. There are no health benefits to any of it.

After that, it’s also good to find out what the rest of the ingredients are. Let’s take a look at a common ingredient set from a Healthy Choice® dinner. I’m going to go with Portabella Spinach Parmesan. It sounds pretty good for me. What’s in it? Well, don’t go to the Healthy Choice website to look. If the ingredients list there, I can’t find it.


Over on is the list of ingredients for this highly processed dish. The first few ingredients listed sound okay. pasta, water, mushrooms, spinach, but as you get further down the list you find “onion puree (onion, evaporated cane syrup, sea salt).” Evaporated cane syrup is a way to hide sugar in the ingredients. Then sugar has its own entry a couple of items later. A couple of entries later is “flavoring (contains soy).” There’s another rule I like to follow. If I can’t find an ingredient to buy to make it myself, I probably don’t want to eat it. Do you have a jar of “flavoring (contains soy)” in your kitchen? I don’t.

Yeast extract is another way to say, “monosodium glutamate.”