Nutrition at the Supermarket – Part 2

Last week blog we where discussing about Preparing to Shop for the smart nutrition-conscious shoppers and this week we will discuss about – shopping tips for good nutrition.

Good nutrition begins with the choices we make at the supermarket.  Nutrition-conscious shoppers follow a few simple strategies to make sure they bring home healthful foods.

Shopping Tips for Good Nutrition

Smart shoppers also check food labels, skipping products with  many “empty calories” in the ingredients, such as foods high in fats and refined sugars.  Ingredients to watch out for include:

  • tropical oils, such as palm oil and coconut oil, as the first or second ingredient;
  • sugar, whether in the form of corn syrup, fructose, honey, molasses or any other form, as the first or second ingredient;
  • fat content, shown in calories form fat (per serving) and in grams.  If calories from fat are not apparent, figure them at nine calories per gram of fat.  That sum should add up to less than 30 percent of the total calories per serving.

Further shopping tips for sound nutrition include:

  • avoiding heavily processed or instant foods and packaged mixes;
  • checking expiration dates on perishables foods, such as diary products;
  • choosing whole-grain breads and pastas;
  • passing up wilted vegetables and bruised fruits, as well as prepackaged produce that can’t be inspected individually;
  • shopping for fresh produce twice a week, so that nutrients are not lost during a long storage period.

Good nutrition at the supermarket is not really complicated.  Once you know the basics, it becomes second nature to look at food from a nutritional standpoint.  For more information on nutritional consultation check out the Living Healthy website:  www.livinghealthy1.org

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