Never before has the American supermarket—or the average American—contained so many processed foods. It’s not surprising. From taco chips to frozen entrees, they’re convenient and tasty. Some are easy to carry and eat on the run, others require little or no preparation, and all are available practically everywhere.
Processed foods are hybrids of nutritious ingredients plus elective calories. They can be good or poor choices. The problem is that many processed food labels make it difficult to figure out what the food is actually made of.
Consider those popular nutrition bars, for instance. The long list of ingredients may contain added fiber and protein as well as sugar(s) and fat. How can you tell if this bar meet your needs? The best products: