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Your body can't digest what your tongue can't pronounce... or can it?


It's long been held as 'fact' that if you can't pronounce it, you shouldn't eat it. But there's more to the story than tongue-twisters. This is a great perspective from Science Driven Nutrition that provides some insight that may help you feel less overwhelmed in the grocery store this week.


"If you can’t pronounce an ingredient, then you shouldn’t eat it, right? Unfortunately, it appears that idea may not be the best advice nor very accurate.  While the idea is good in theory and well-motivated (anything aimed at making people healthier is well-motivated in my opinion), it paints too simple a picture. Instead, we could benefit more from a better understanding of food chemicals and what they actually mean.


There are a lot of big words on ingredients lists that sound complicated or even dangerous, yet they are oh so important and flat out beneficial. Just because you don’t know what an ingredient is (yet!) doesn’t mean you should avoid it like the plague. Your linguistic level shouldn’t dictate your diet.


I find this mindset of “avoid the complicated things” misses the mark for several reasons. Let me highlight why it misses the mark with a couple examples."


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