36. Read Labels

Don’t worry so much about the calories, grams and RDAs. Read the ingredients. Most ingredient lists begin with some combination of enriched wheat flour, sugar and oil. Avoid foods like that. Also avoid foods with long lists of ingredients you don’t recognize.


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A Manifesto for Thriving in a Mixed-Up World

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The Non-GMO Project

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Institute for Responsible Technology

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The True Food Shoppers Guide to Avoiding GMOs App

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“What’s On My Food?” iPhone App

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What To Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating

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