With no surprise many moms are starting to become more cautious about the food they are feeding their families. With that said, one of the most common questions and learning inquiries is about how to read and actually identify healthy food in the grocery store. Here are some quick facts to get you through the store, without having to take a full blown course. I mean we’re moms, who has time for these things anyways?!
Quick Facts about finding healthy foods
1. Don’t look at the front
a. The sad truth: most packaging contains misleading info on the front
For example; Think of a Fiber One bar
i. I see Fiber. As a woman I’m told to eat as much of it as possible. Must be healthy!
ii. Antioxidants. Aren’t they cancer fighting?
iii. And I see “Natural Flavors.” The word natural means it’s not artificial, and therefore healthy?
Do we notice the misleading information? We do NOT need to be scientists to understand ingredient lists. The first step is looking at the ingredients, even before the label itself.
2. Look for foods with the least number of ingredients. Why? Because minimal ingredients typically means less processed. Now, why might there be so many ingredients? All these ingredients and chemicals create longer shelf life, texture, and change color of the foods to make them more profitable and more appealing/addicting to eat. A general rule of thumb;
“Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” Also if you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not food. Unpronounceable = likely an additive/processed ingredient.
3. Last, but definitely not least, avoid foods ending in -ose. Ose at the end of most ingredients is a undercover name for SUGAR.
Try looking at this yourself compare and contrast yogurt and peanut butter. You’ll be surprised :)
4. Stear clear of the isles. Most grocery stores are designed to have their more fresh and natural foods along the perimeter of the store. The isles are saved for processed, boxed, and marketable items (notice I didn’t say food? A lot of these things aren’t even real food).