The simplest rule of thumb when shopping for healthy food is to not buy anything containing ingredients you can't pronounce or that your grandmother wouldn't recognize. Easy. That is, until you realize there are plenty of good-for-you packaged items—such as Greek yogurt, oatmeal, and bottled green tea—boasting a few mystifying words that would definitely leave Grandma scratching her head.

No reason to stop buying those healthy foods—many ingredients that sound like a chemistry project are completely natural and not harmful, says Amie Valpone, a holistic health coach, culinary nutritionist, and founder of The Healthy Apple. If you see these eight common ingredients on a label, it's perfectly fine to eat or drink up.

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