is totally right!
Avoid anything made with hydrogenated oils. They're toxic!
"enriched" is a key that the flour isn't whole grain. It means they stripped off all the parts that have vitamins and nutrients and then they added (enriched) the vitamins back in. Plain wheat flour is better than enriched flour, sometimes, but it's tricky. Your best bet is a flour that's whole grain, or sprouted grains like in the Ezekiel products.
Stay away from sugar, in its many forms. High fructose corn syrup is the really evil stuff
but there are tons of other types of/names for sugar:
Here are some more websites with other lists of sugar names:
First and foremost, when reading food labels, you should watch out for more than just the obvious sucrose, dextrose and maltose—or other words ending with an “ose.” Rather than give you all 100-plus names for sugar, here are the most popular sweeteners used to foods today...
High fructose corn syrup (most popular)
Sucrose (from cane or beet)
Dextrose (refined corn sugar)
Fruit juice concentrates (concentrated
Crystalline fructose (not the same as fruit
sugar or levulose and not metabolized as
Sugar alcohols or polyols ++
High maltose corn syrup
Barley malt syrup
Cane juice (evaporated sugar cane)++++
* Please note that both maltodextrin and sugar alcohols or polyols are not technically sugars. Maltrodextrin is derived from the corn wet refining process and metabolized rapidly in the body.
++ Sugar alcohols or polyols (sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol or hydrogenated starch hydrolysate, lactitol, xylitol and glycerol/glycerin, d-tagatose, isomalt, polydextrose, and erythritol) aren’t sugars or artificial sweeteners. The name “sugar alcohols” comes from the fact that their structure resembles sugar, and they’re chemically similar to alcohol. They’re typically genetically modified from corn or wheat. Experts say that sugar alcohols can cause stomach cramps, bloating, diarrhea, and anal leakage, because our bodies poorly absorb them. In large quantities, they’re non-GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) and some research shows that they can cause cancer.
***Inulin syrup and chicory syrup are non-FDA approved terms (non GRAS and non-CFR compliant) for high fructose syrup. (CFR means Code of Federal Regulations.)
++++Cane juice or evaporated sugar cane are non-FDA approved terms for sugar.
Some things to note: Lactose is a naturally occuring sugar in milk and milk products. We don't need to worry about it.
In organic products, the names for sugar are often different. Evaporated cane syrup, evaporated cane juice, honey, maple syrup, and rice syrup, etc. are all sugars that we need to stay away from.
On the other hand, most SBDers can tolerate agave juice/syrup (very low GI), and "erythritol," often used as a sugar substitute in organic foods, is a safe sugar substitute for most of us as well (but is NOT a sugar alcohol, so there are no
When you do see a form of sugar (other than HFCS) in a list of ingredients, check if it's towards the beginning or end of the list. Ingredients are listed in order of what is used most to what is used least. If the sugar is listed towards the end, check the grams of sugar in the chart above the list. Are there a lot of grams of sugar? Sometimes this can help you determine if the item will cause cravings or not. It's best to avoid all sugars, but when you find something with a very small amount (like in dressings, for instance), it doesn't usually cause cravings.