Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer and chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute and co-author of You: Staying Young suggests steering clear of food that includes any of these ingredients among the first five listed on the nutrition label (don’t count those ingredients listed within parentheses):
1. Saturated fat. It comes from four-legged creatures as well as palm and coconut oil, and clogs up your arteries.
2. Trans fats. Generally referred to as partially hydrogenated oils, they change the fats in the membranes surrounding your cells, which renders them less functional.
3. Simple sugars. Usually identified with a word that ends in “ose,” such as dextrose. “This and the next two ingredients quickly turn into sugar in your bloodstream, which can affect the lining of your blood vessels, potentially leading to atherosclerosis,” Roizen says.
4. Syrups. Think maple, corn, similar products.
5. Any grain except 100% whole grain.