Better Grocery Shopping
By Pierre Mouchette | Bits-n-Pieces
Picking ingredients for a better lifestyle
A grocery store has thousands of ingredients and products available to combine, cook, and eat. However, that choice can be overwhelming. Shoppers today can choose from more than 47,000 items.
Most stores line their walls with the most straightforward products: produce, butcher, bakery, dairy, etc. Aisles in the middle contain most processed foods that generally have additives and preservatives and are better to avoid.
Now, there are caveats to this rule. For example, the bakery often also has highly refined cakes and cookies that are not beneficial to your health. The dairy products section provides a robust supply of artificially flavored and sweetened creamers. Yes, you can find unhealthy products in every department, but the departments around the store's perimeter contain the most wholesome, simple ingredients.
Purchase organic food when possible. It is grown without pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, and more unhealthiness. The produce with the most pesticide residue includes:
Choose frozen fruits and vegetables if the fresh produce does not look good. They are flash-frozen right after picking. Often, they are fresher than fresh produce (depending on where you live).
Try to stick to "whole" ingredients
An easy way to eat cleanly is to eat simply. Shopping the perimeter of the store will introduce you to many unprocessed foods, but the interior aisles have options too. Whole foods include flour, nuts, dried fruits, beans, and rice.
The biggest thing? Check the ingredients list. The simpler the ingredients, the better. If you do not recognize or can hardly read the ingredients, do without.
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