I recently had a conversation with someone who makes her own bath bombs. She was listing off all of the chemicals that she puts in them, and I’m imagining some crazy science experiment going on in her basement.

Of course, to make sure I really embarrass myself, I make a comment after she recites, “Sodium Bicarbonate”.

“Sounds like a meth lab,” I joke. It’s just baking soda. Tartaric acid is something that comes from fruits. And I looked like an idiot. Which happens often, I can admit.

It got me thinking about people who stay stationary in the grocery store for several minutes, looking for something with ingredients they can pronounce. “If I can’t pronounce it, it must be bad for me.”

Let me save everyone the embarrassment, and let you in on some secrets. LOTS of food and drinks have ingredients you probably can’t pronounce. Let me show you one.

Here are some of the components that are in a food that I decided to google:

Ascorbic Acid, Aspartic Acid, Citric Acid, Glutaminic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Histidine, Selenium, are you scared yet? All these crazy words that you’ve never heard of, it’s probably some over processed garbage from a fast food restaurant?

Well fast food does serve this food. So you were right on that, good job. But that all that scary stuff is in lettuce. That food that people eat to not eat food that’s bad for them.

You should still worry about what you are eating, just be smart about it. Processed foods are highly addictive and lead to weight issues and heart problems. Eating a lot of sugar causes weight gain and risks diabetes. Eating too much red meat can give you iron poisoning. Some of the things you probably are eating too much of are things you should be worrying about. Even being on a strict diet can lead to health issues.

You must be mindful of all things when it comes to your health. Just not your lack of vocabulary.

I hope we all learned a valuable lesson today. Big words are not scary.

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