Healthy Food store
If you think the only place to
buy healthy food is a health food store, think
In response to consumer demand, most supermarkets
now carry products previously found only at health
food stores. But many shoppers are unaware of these
products because they're often displayed alongside
similar items that are high in fat and food
If you take a close look, you'll find a wealth of
natural foods available in every food category, and
significant amounts in your market's cereal, soup,
salad dressing, cookie and cracker sections.
Until a few years ago, supermarkets segregated so
-called diet and health foods to a single aisle.
More recently, health or natural food items have
been mainstreamed throughout the stores. The trick,
of course, is to learn to tell the truly healthy
foods from the over-hyped ones.
BECOMING AN EDUCATED CONSUMER
An increasing number of people are shopping for
As important as regular exercise is to good health,
we're also aware that we still need to get a grip on
what we eat.
Study after study has shown a good diet reduces the
risk of cancer, heart disease and a host of other
preventable health problems.
These guidelines can help you choose healthier foods
at the supermarket:
As often as possible, choose fresh, raw fruits and
vegetables. Wash them well before serving.
2. Processed or canned fruits and vegetables often
contain added sugar, artificial colors and excess
3. In general, the shorter the ingredients list, the
healthier the food. A whole grain, all natural bread
can contain as few as five ingredients. A brand-name
wheat bread containing preservatives, additives and
artificial ingredients can have as many as 18
4. Choose products with ingredients you recognize as
"real" foods (corn, wheat) instead of chemical
compounds you can't pronounce.
Keep in mind ingredients you may wish to
avoid-such as caffeine, sodium, refined sugar and
high-fructose corn syrup-and watch for them on food
6. Be aware of label hype. Just because a product
label has a big, bold "fat-free" banner doesn't mean
it's healthy it may be high in sodium and sugar.
The only way to find out is to read the fine print.
7. Read the nutritional information on the label.
Quickly scan the (per serving) calorie, fat,
cholesterol and sodium totals.
Products that contain 30 percent or fewer calories
from fat will have 3 grams of fat or less per 100
8. Just by looking at ingredient listings, you'll
find lots of products that are whole or natural
foods. You may also find lots of foods that are good
replacements because, even though they may have
sugar or some other additive, they are not filled
with artificial ingredients or preservatives like
other foods in the category.