The 3 Ingredients You Should Avoid At All Costs


I'm Madison Jules
Here's what I believe: everyone deserves to have access to the knowledge they need to understand what's best for them so they can make informed choices about their life.

Do you ever find yourself lost in the labyrinth of food labels, wondering what in the world those long, complicated words actually mean? You’re not alone.

Grocery shopping can feel like a jungle, and I’m here to be your guide through the wild. 

I’ve done the research, sifted through the jargon, and I’m here to break it down for you – no chemistry degree required.

So, grab your detective hat, and let’s investigate…

Ingredient 1: Artificial Flavors

First on our list is artificial flavors. 

 These synthetic concoctions are used to mimic the taste of real ingredients, and they are found in everything from candies to cereals and even some salad dressings.

 Artificial flavors have been linked to allergic reactions and behavioral issues in children and can affect our gut, liver, hormones, and immune systems. Plus, they’re often derived from questionable sources, including petroleum. 

 And these artificial flavors are hidden in so many of your favorite foods like waffles, protein powders, energy drinks, kids’ snacks, and much more.

 Instead, swap artificial flavors for the natural goodness of real vanilla extract, real whole foods, and cleaner less processed foods. Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you!

Ingredient 2: Artificial Sweeteners

Next, we have artificial sweeteners. 

These might seem like a good idea if you’re looking to cut down on sugar, but don’t be fooled. 

Common culprits include Aspartame, Sucralose, and Saccharin – all of which have been linked to health issues ranging from headaches to more serious long-term effects.

The worst part?

They can actually increase your cravings for sweet, high-calorie foods, sabotaging your healthy eating efforts.

Instead, sweeten your life with natural options like monk fruit, maple syrup, coconut sugar, or a touch of honey. 

Ingredient 3: Food Dyes

Last, but definitely not least, food dyes. 

These vibrant villains are used to make our food look more appealing and colorful, but at a significant cost. 

Studies have linked food dyes like Blue 1, Red 40, and Yellow 5 to cancer-causing carcinogens, hyperactivity in children, and countless other health hazards.

And they’re not just in candy – they’re in everything from hydration drinks, protein powders, and other foods posed to be ‘healthy’. Let’s ditch the fake colors and embrace the natural beauty of our food. 

Opt for coloring derived from natural sources like beet juice, turmeric, or spirulina, and watch your plate (and your health) transform.

Building A Low-Tox No-Nonsense Pantry

Turning your kitchen into a safe haven for healthy eating is easier than you think. 

Start by purging those pantry pests – the overly processed snacks, sugary cereals, and refined sugars. 

Make space for whole foods that come from nature and minimally processed foods and snacks.


Budget vs. Boujee

  • Opt for real vanilla extract instead of imitation. 
  • Use a touch of honey or pure maple syrup.  
  • Use spices like turmeric or paprika to add color to your dishes naturally.                                    


  • Buy packaged organic, higher-quality snacks with clean ingredients. Get some of my fave here.
  • Try organic coconut sugar, high-quality organic maple syrup, or high-quality organic raw unfiltered honey.
  • Experiment with superfood powders like spirulina, red beets, acai for vibrant, nutrient-packed colors.


You can take back control over the food that you eat by making small swaps every day.

Here’s my challenge to you: Pick one item with one of these three harmful ingredients in your pantry or fridge and swap it for a healthier alternative.