Real food IS ingredients!
Have you ever heard the advice to spend most of your grocery shopping time on the outer edge of the store? The graphic shown here is the reason. The perishable single-ingredient foods are usually found there. The food from which other food is made.
Getting as many fresh, single-ingredient foods as you can allows you to better control what additives (if any) are going into your food — things that make products shelf-stable for long periods of time are not necessarily the best things for you: salt, high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, etc. Added sugars, which don’t necessarily lengthen the life of foods, but certainly satisfy the consumer sweet tooth, also lurk in those inner aisles in abundance!
Here’s a caveat, though — the bakery is on the edge of the store, and the cakes, breads, cookies, etc. found there don’t have a nutrition label to give you the serving size, calories or fat content of each item. That information is often on the store’s website, but not on the item in front of you. It’s easy to not realize that the cupcake you’re eyeing up has as many calories as your entire lunch! Ditto the foregoing for the buffet/prepared foods that may live in and around the deli.
While perusing the inner aisles for the staples that we do all need, know that big manufacturers pay for their shelf placement. That’s right. They pay to be at eye level. Compare prices and nutrition information of items banished to the top and bottom shelves and see if you can’t find some healthier choices at better prices!
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