Fast food eateries, as well as the big box supermarkets, are purveyors of food often not fit for human consumption. Words like all natural and free range offer you little protection. As a general rule, avoid packaged foods and any foods that do not carry a full listing of ingredients. The number one killer, after trans fats, is high fructose corn syrup. Also high on my avoidance list are canola, safflower, corn and cottonseed oil. Commercially produced bread is almost always a loser and to be avoided, as are nearly all commercially prepared salad dressings. There’s an easy rule to follow: don’t consume any packaged food that lists more than three ingredients. For an idea of how the prepared foods industry hides all this from you, check out this article about Papa John’s.
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Richard C. Young is the editor of Young's World Money Forecast, and a contributing editor to both Richardcyoung.com and Youngresearch.com.