Healthy eating starts with smart choices in the grocery store. Because determining what the healthiest options are can be difficult, we have provided a list of tips for you to use during your next grocery shopping trip.
Ten Tips for Healthy Grocery Shopping:
- The healthiest foods are typically around the perimeter of the grocery store. Avoid the food products in the center isles, because they are generally more processed.
- Farmers markets and farms provide some the highest-quality products. Develop a relationship with your local farmer. To find a local farmers market visit: http://www.localharvest.org/
- Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables never purchase bruised or damaged items. Frozen fruits and vegetables can actually be fresher and will last longer.
- Be cautions of any canned foods as they have the least nutritional value and are most toxic to your health.
- If you are going to buy canned foods, seek BPA (bisphenol A) free products. Research has shown that BPA can seep into food from containers causing potential health problems. The FDA has approved low levels of BPA in some food products, but they are continuing to research and monitor the questionable health effects of BPA packaging.
- Avoid shopping when you are hungry; we often purchase junk food on empty stomachs.
- Shop with a friend or a partner who will keep you accountable.
- Use a shopping list to help you prepare for healthy meals. A good option is to use choosemyplate.gov to create your meals, which can be used to build your shopping list.
- Read the labels on the products paying close attention to the ingredients, serving size and servings per container. Download our wellness educational guide for our food label-reading tool. We also provide a Spanish version of this guide on our website, here.
- Be careful of food label lies: Low calorie, no sugar added, non-fat, low sodium, cage-free, pasteurized, natural, healthy and organic labels on the front of the product can be very deceiving. Always verify the front label billboard with the actual nutritional facts on the back of the label.
March is National Nutrition Month!
It’s National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annually. Join a free workshop
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