Trying to Eat Clean? The Biggest Mistakes to Avoid
You may have cut out junk food, but don't let these sneaky missteps sabotage your healthy-eating efforts.
Mistake #1: Steering clear of all chemicals
Reading ingredient labels and saying no to products with unpronounceable ingredients is a good rule of thumb. (Ever check out the ingredients list on a processed snack?) But you shouldn't stick to this too rigidly, says Lauren Ott, RD, a registered dietitian in Houston: "Just because you can't pronounce it doesn't mean it's bad for you." Exhibit A: ascorbic acid, which is just vitamin C. Look up ingredients you aren't sure about on GoodGuide or (the admittedly unfortunately named) Chemical Cuisine.