Learn about the Food You Buy in the Grocery Store!
Before I was into healthy eating, I used to buy what was on sale and tasted good in the grocery store. I did not care if the food was processed and had harmful ingredients. What mattered was that the food filled my stomach.
Now when I go shopping, I make sure to read and understand what is in the food I buy. I learned that the outer perimeter of the market is the healthier place to shop. The along the aisles in the center of the store is where your processed food is located.
The outer perimeter of the store will have the fruits, vegetables, dairy products, seafood and meats. You definitely want to avoid the cured meats such as deli items, hot dogs, some sausage items, bologna, etc. These contain food coloring, sodium nitrite, sodium erythorbate, and msg (monosodium glutamate). Make sure to avoid packaged frozen items because they will contain harmful preservatives (like sodium nitrite and sodium erythorbate), flavor enhancers (like msg), food dyes, and a high amount of added sodium.
When shopping the center food asles, you want to stick with bottled food items with low sodium content and no additives. When I shop along the aisles, I make sure that the foods contain no msg, preservatives, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch, potato starch, tapioca starch, and oils which underwent hydrogenation. I make sure the added sugar content is no more that 15 grams per serving.
Nowadays, when I shop, I only buy fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts, legumes, coconut products (oil and milk), eggs, cheese and butter. I try to limit the amount of bottled goods unless it is vegetable juice or carrot juice.
The key is to constantly learn about the ingredients and the nutritional content of the foods you buy. Your overall health depends on it.
Image Credit » Photo was taken by me, Victor Serrao.