Which food should you buy in the market? From so many to choose from and so many labels to read through things can get pretty confusing. Breads especially with all of the confusing whole grain multi grain lingo. The fancier the packaging the more likely they are paying for the look instead of the quality. To buy or not to buy, that is the question.
Know the layout to your supermarket. You should spend most of your time in the outer edges. The isles in the middle are usually boxed, dried and processed foods. The outer skirts of the supermarket are usually where all the veggies, meats, and dairy are. I’m vegan so I spend all my time in the produce section but for those who eat meats remember to read up on what kind works best for you. Lean meat like chicken and fish are lower in fat and has things like Omega-3 which are very beneficial. The darker the veggie the healthier it is. Be daring and get some eggplant. Don’t know how to make it? There’s usually recipes close by to help you out.
As for the breads, should you get whole grain or multi grain? Whole grain means that they used the whole grain and the nutritional value is still in the bread. Multi grain only means that they used more than one. It’s very common to find a multi grain that was stripped from all nutritional value once it was “enriched” and refined. Make sure you read your labels. Make sure you look through all the breads before you decide on one. Once you found your bread than it will take less time the next time you go shopping. Remember that marketing plays a big factor in the way they lay things out. The healthier foods are usually on the top shelves but make sure you look closely to the ingredients. Healthy doesn’t necessarily mean expensive. The more humble looking breads are found to be better for you. I buy the nature’s own stone ground whole wheat bread and it’s under $2 dollars.
Butters are just as confusing. I can’t believe its not butter is right! What are we really spreading onto our toast? Partially Hydrogenated soybean and vegetable oils are fats created by adding hydrogen. It’s what creates Trans fatty acid. Trans fats have been linked to heart disease and should not be consumed. The FDA actually approved for the manufacturers to add as little as 0.49grams per serving and not have to claim that it’s in the nutritional facts. 0.49grams sounds like very little but it can add up when you least expect it to. It’s very low cost to the manufacturers and we’re all in an economic crisis right? Well our health doesn’t have to be. Spend a little more on a healthier butter. You want to buy things that are non-hydrogenated. Smart balance spread is the best you can get right now in the market. If you find something better let me know! Some are made with real olive oil and packed with Omega/3 fatty acids. Read the labels! You’ll be surprised how many things have hydrogenated oils.
The hard part is finding a substitution but once you find the foods you should eat the rest is easy. You just have to research what products are healthier and which ones suit your taste buds. It’s all trial and error. Your shopping will be less time consuming because you will have fewer choices to choose from. I promise you will enjoy the benefits. It’s straight to the point, healthy and delicious.