Eating Health doesn’t have to be hard. Check out a Clean Eating Guide to the Grocery Store. These tips will help you make the best decision when shopping for food at your grocery store.
Eating healthy isn’t always easy, especially with all the confusing packaging and claims being made my various food brands. This clean eating guide to the grocery store will help you understand what to buy at the supermarket to nourish your body with genuinely healthy food. Whether you are looking to lose weight or simply maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to learn how to shop for the best food options that could also save you money and inches on your waistline.
Always focus on reading the labels on the back of the package. Don’t let the front of the box or container sell you on what is genuinely good for you. Brands use attractive packaging to lure you in. Advertising can be very clever and appealing, so make sure you are looking at the important facts on the nutrition labels.
The Big 5 Factors
Generally speaking, you want to focus on 5 main nutrition label facts to lose weight:
Serving Size – Often, people think the serving size is the entire package, which is actually rarely the case. For example, some canned soups are actually 2 servings. So, that 150 calories per serving is great unless you eat the entire can which is actually 300 calories total.
Calories – Try to stick with foods that are around 150 calories per serving or less.
Ingredients – Ingredients are organized in order by quantity used, descending in the amount used. You want to find short and un-sweetened labels. The shorter the ingredients list, the better. Stay away from foods that use hydrogenated oils” and any kind of sugar or sweetener that is listed repeatedly, for example, high fructose corn syrup and aspartame.
Total Carbohydrates – Whether or not you are on a low carb diet, try to keep the total carbohydrate count under 40 grams per serving.
Dietary Fiber and Sugars
These two are broken down under Total Carbohydrates. Find foods that are high in fiber – usually 4 -5 grams per serving. As for sugar, try to keep it under 25% of the Total Carbohydrates.
As explained under the Labels section above, it’s important not to be lured in by fancy package and bogus claims. Make sure you take the time to check out ingredients and the nutrition label. Avoid options that use buzzwords like these:
Superfruit – All fruits are superfruits. There is actually very little science behind the boasting claims that one fruit is better than another. All whole plant options are nutrient-packed.
Low Fat – Where fat is removed, artificial ingredients or an abundance of sugar usually used to replace it.
0 Trans Fat – If you see this claim, make sure you check the ingredients label. The FDA permits manufacturers to round down to zero if the product contains 0.5 grams of trans fat or less. Again, if you see “partially hydrogenated oil” on the ingredients label, skip it.
Sea Salt – It’s not any healthier than table salt. They both contain the same amount of sodium, but table salt contains iodine, which is great for thyroid health.
12 Grains – If could 100 grains, but if they are not “whole grains,” they are not healthy. Thick, multi-grain breads usually come with ample amounts of sugar. Check that label for sugar content, which should be 2 grams per serving or less for bread, and make sure whole grain flours are used.
These are general clean eating rules to guide you through the grocery store. Always make sure you speak with your doctor regarding health plans, diets, and eating habits to find the best clean food choices for you.