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March Challenge: Read the Ingredients!

Good morning!  It’s March 1st!  Does it feel like spring yet?  I always think that once March rolls around it should be warm.  I always forget that most of March is actually still winter.  But with January and February gone we are much closer to warmer weather.  Spring will be here before we know it.  And seed starting is this weekend!

Anyway, I’ve been thinking lately that it would be fun to try a challenge or goal each month.  So since today is March 1st, I’m announcing the first challenge:

Read the Ingredients!


No challenges to change what you eat or anything like that.  Simply turn the box, can or package over and read the ingredients of what you are eating.  Be aware.  I think I’ve said before that I think the ingredient list is more important than the nutrition facts.

That’s it!  That’s the whole challenge.  Just read the ingredients.  Try to get into the habit of scanning through the ingredients of different food items.  I do this a lot when grocery shopping, especially when I’m trying new things.

As you read through ingredients you may be surprised to discover certain things in your food.  Or maybe you are left wondering what the heck some of those things are.  Report these discoveries in the comments below!  Odd ingredients and surprises, anything that you come up with. 

Don’t be afraid to comment!  It’s more fun when there are lots of responses.  And yeah that was my shameless plug to try to get people to comment.  😀


4 thoughts on “March Challenge: Read the Ingredients!

  1. I will go first. One time I was drinking my favorite pop, Fresca, when I turned the can over to check out the ingredients. I saw in the short list, “ester of wood rosin”. What the heck?

  2. I’ll help you out in the comment department! The delightful Lipton diet green tea that I drink every morning at work apparently contains things called sodium hexametaphosphate, ascorbic acid, potassium sorbate, phosphoric acid, aspartame, acesulfame potassium, pectin, and calcium disodium EDTA.

    I’m guessing that when you hear about the health benefits of green tea they aren’t referring to the bottled variety.

  3. It is amazing how many packets I put back on the shelf since I started doing this a few years back…..Anything with a number doesn’t get a gurnsey!


  4. I totally agree. Sometimes it helps you discover a flavor you couldn’t quite put your finger on, another you realize that, uhm, no, it’s not as good to eat that as you thought. Great challenge!

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