Shopping for groceries can be very confusing. That's why we put together a few simple guidelines for you to shop by in order to make your experience a lot more simpler and healthy!
1) Go for organic!
USDA certified organic foods are protected from most pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, that could otherwise cause potential harm to your health. As for organic meat, these animals are raised in accommodating conditions and are fed 100% organic feed with no antibiotics or hormones!
2) Read ingredient labels!
Be on the look out for added sugars in the ingredient labels. Some of these added sugars can be disguised as “sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, barley malt, dextrose, maltose, rice syrup, etc."
3) Keep it simple!
The “whole -er” the food typically means the better it is for you. A whole food is usually defined as a food that is least processed, or occurs in its more natural form. A vegetable is considered an absolute whole food. But if looking for processed foods like snacks, always try to pick a product with the least amount of ingredients - usually under 10 is best.
4) Don’t be fooled by misleading marketing labels!
Many foods may be labeled “natural”, “whole-grain”, or whatever the latest “buzzword” is. These words don’t always hold their truth so always be careful to read the ingredient label or look for legitimate food stamps such as USDA Organic.