Health & Fitness

The Art Of Grocery Shopping

I singed for a health magazine that sends daily news to my email in regards to different health issues from recipes to exercise regimen. I received this one yesterday and thought it would a good one to share.

I take grocery shopping seriously, to the point of it being an art. By now I pretty much know what I am going to buy when I get to the grocery store, so I don’t really need a list each time I go. When I see something that I think is worth trying you will find me in the middle of the aisle with the new item and another item that is familiar to me comparing and contrasting the nutrition labels on both items before I make my decision. I am trying to be as healthy as I can so knowing what is worth buying and eating is important.

Below is the article about some fake-out foods to look out for when shopping for healthy food. This article from fitness magazine.

Health Food Fake-Outs

Stroll down any supermarket aisle – even the candy one – and you will find shelf after shelf of foods that sound so good for you, they might as well be vitamins. Many menus are equally heavy on the hype (some large smoothies actually have more calories than 16 doughnut holes, FYI). The thing is, a lot of healthy food is anything but. “Just because something is high in protein or fiber doesn’t mean that it’s nutritious,” says Bonnie Taub-Dix, RD, the author of “Read It Before You Eat It.” Here’s the real deal on eight fake-outs.

Imposter: Turkey Bacon

While this breakfast staple can be lower in saturated fat and calories than regular bacon, it’s usually loaded with more sodium, says Tara Gidus, RD, a nutritionist in Orlando, Florida. In fact, two slices contain about 600 milligrams, which is more than a quarter of your daily quota.

My take on it: I rarely eat bacon. For some reason I don’t find it as tasty as this country makes it seem to be. When I do eat it, I buy the low sodium turkey bacon.

The better bet: Look for lower-sodium turkey bacon or go with center-cut pork bacon, which tends to have fewer calories and less saturated fat than standard strips. “And if you cook it until it’s crispy, you will remove a lot of the fat and be left with mostly protein anyway,” Gidus says. Whether you go the turkey or the pork route, choose a brand that’s free of nitrites and nitrates, preservatives that have been linked to certain cancers.

Imposter: Fat-Free Salad Dressing

The problem with foods that are “free”? “When you take out ingredients, you have to add something else to make up for the missing flavor and texture,” says Angela Ginn, RD, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In this case, sugar and chemical fillers replace the fat, which is often the healthy monounsaturated kind. “You actually want a little bit of that fat to max out the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins from your veggies,” explains Rachel Beller, RD, the author of Eat to Lose, Eat to Win.

I am a 26 year-old educator on the run of becoming all that I can in the time that I have. A few years ago, I embarked on a journey filled with spiritual discoveries, healthy habits, and a passion for education stronger than I've ever had. Learning what to do to become a better person have always interest me. One of my passions is to know a little about everything in order to gain the capability of forming my own opinion so others won't have to do it for me. Another passion that was buried deep inside finally came to the surface and allowed me to see the adventurous side of me. I am on a journey to see the world and do things outside of my comfort zone. I will write all about it along the way!

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