How to Shop for Healthier Food

How to Shop for Healthier Food

One of the most important parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is making sure that your kitchen is properly stocked with food.  Here are a few tips when it comes to healthy food shopping:

When in doubt, whole foods are always better than prepackaged foods, even if they’re in the health food section or from a health food store.

Be aware of what you are buying – always check the ingredients and nutritional information!  For instance, many prepackaged foods, like soups and beans, are loaded with sodium, which causes fluid retention and in excess amounts can lead to high blood pressure, which increases your chances of having a stroke, kidney disease, and heart disease.   Other harmful additives include monosodium glutamate (more commonly known as MSG) and sodium benzoate, among a plethora of others which have been proven to be detrimental to our health.

Buy produce that is in season.  Not only is it at its nutritional peak, but it is also more affordable.

Save money by buying grains in bulk

Shop at farmers markets when possible.  By doing so, you not only support local farmers, but it is also better for the environment because less gas is needed for transportation of their goods.

Don’t be afraid to buy frozen produce.  Actually, many people insist that frozen fruits and vegetables have more nutrients than their fresh counterparts because they are usually picked at their prime ripening time and frozen immediately. It can help keep costs down, but remember to check that there are no additives.

Buying everything organic can be very expensive, so try to prioritize.  Always try to buy organic meat and animal products, because you are what you eat. Conventionally farmed animals are given far less to absolutely no room to do things such as roam and graze, they’re fed grains which have been sprayed with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and they are given hormones or supplements to promote growth and antibiotics to prevent them from getting sick, because they live in such close proximity to one another.

When it comes to conventionally grown fruits and vegetables, try to at least pick produce which has the least amount of exposure to pesticides, such as avocados, pineapples, mangoes, and asparagus.  Some examples of produce with the highest amount of exposure are apples, peaches, strawberries, and leafy greens. However, don’t be deterred if you cannot buy organic fruits and vegetables – it is much better to eat conventionally grown produce than none at all!

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