When you are grocery shopping for your family, your primary concern is that you find the healthiest foods for yourself and your children. So, the bottom line is, always to get the health foods. However, food packaging can be grossly misleading. What you might think as healthy are actually causing you a lot of harm.
It Is Not What You Think When somebody asks you, “Give me an example of a health food,” you would surely, off the top of your head, name a few – carrots, beans, spinach, and yogurt.
Yes, yogurt, isn’t it? That’s a health food. So, when you go the local grocery store, you’d get some for yourself. You’d probably think, “Why not get some for the kids?” Well, there are rows and rows of rainbow-colored yogurts packaged in a way that you would be able to entice your kids to eat some. Now, that settles it, right?
Nowadays, health foods are packaged and preserved in a manner that they are changed from what are supposedly healthy to principally harmful. These foods are packed with preservatives, fats, and sugars which, in the long run, cause more harm than good. It is not just yogurt. There are a lot of foods in the market which were once healthy but are now just plainly hazardous.
Stay Healthy, Read the Labels!
The key to keeping yourself and your family free from toxins and cholesterol is to eat a healthy diet. Nowadays, you can’t be too careful. You can’t go to a supermarket, give the product labels a passing glance and toss these bottles in the cart. You have to make some effort and read these labels as these few seconds could mean a lot of difference to your health.
This is especially true if you have hypertension or other illnesses that can benefit so much from healthy foods. Do not rush when buying your grocery especially when your physician has placed you in a strict low-cholesterol diet. Read the labels! So what should you look out for when you are buying your groceries? Here are the things to take note of when reading food labels:
1. Brand name.
2. Food product.
3. Ingredients. Ingredients are placed according to how high the ingredient’s content is in a food. Take note of the calories and the sugar content.
4. Salt content.
5. Caloric or cholesterol content. The fewer the fats are, the better.
7. Expiry date.