5 Things Nutritionists Never Buy at the Grocery Store

Kelly LeVeque is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to wellness and internal health, and given her extensive background, this comes as no surprise. A certified holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, and health coach based in Los Angeles, LeVeque runs a popular website, Be Well by Kelly, where she shares her expertise and helps guide others to live life as healthfully as possible. She is constantly researching the latest breakthroughs in nutritional studies and evaluating theories to find the best recipes and habits. Her passion for wellness is evident in her informed recommendations and fascinating findings, which is why we’re so excited to have her as a Byrdie contributor. Here LeVeque explains how to optimize your shopping trip by sharing which ingredients should never be on your grocery list.

Parabens became taboo some time ago, and the beauty product list of no-no ingredients has been growing ever since. Food labels, on the other hand, remain a somewhat uncharted territory. Sure, if you’re a clean-eating, whole food–devoted health nut, food labels don’t even concern you. But for the other 99.99% of the population, we encounter unknown ingredients on a regular basis. So continue to eat clean as much as you can, stock up on healthy essentials like Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($12) and Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar ($6), and avoid these preservatives when grocery shopping. Scroll through for all the details and a printable preservatives watch list.

This story was originally published on Byrdie.com on April 8, 2016, and has since been updated by Kara Cuzzone.