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This post is to let you know what you should be searching for on the labels of food items that you buy at the grocery store. With GMO (genetically modified) foods being legal and not forced to be identified, it’s more important than ever to really get all the information you can about what you put into your body. The information that surprisingly is actually given out, should be soaked in because we are lucky to even get that. First of all I want to stress that the number of “calories” in a item is most definitely not the most importantinformation that you should be looking for. Some important ones include sodium, carbs, and protein. You want the protein to be at a higher level, and carbs and sodium to be as low as possible. Sodium is the same as salt, and makes you very bloated.  Carbs are similar to fat, and can cause you to gain weight. Fat content should also be looked at, but more importantly, you need to make sure that the food you are eating has 0 ‘trans fat‘ because that is a sign that the food is highly processed and has none or very little nutritional value.

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