It can be difficult to always remember to check the ingredients on everything you interact with 100% of the time. What do you look for on the product that might indicate changes to the product even before you get to the ingredient list?
I personally look to see if the packaging of the product has any changes. If the packaging has a change, the ingredients have usually been changed.
Another thing I do is smell products to see if there is an obvious change to the smell. I have inhalant… read more
The short cut isn't a good idea for total safety. It is more that I stink at being constantly on the alert and reading small print. My short cut is more about activating the primitive part of my brain that says, "DANGER HERE," so I can force myself to better pay attention.
A long time ago, I used to eat Boca Burgers, orginal recipe, because they did not contain gluten. One day I noticed that the package design had changed. Something in my mind told me to check the ingredients and sure enough, gluten had been added. I did write to them telling them of my displeasure with them for doing this because I could no longer eat them. They responded with an apology, but they never did anything about it. Last time I checked, they still had no gluten free burgers.
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