In a Pickle Over Grocery Shopping?

By Nonna Joann • Apr 3rd, 2008 • Category: Stretch Grocery $$$

No worries, we’ll discover ten tips for healthful grocery shopping.

#1. Fresh food is better than frozen; frozen is better than canned. As with any rule, there’re exceptions: canned pumpkin and tomatoes are especially high in nutrients.

#2. Purchase frozen OJ. Don’t purchase OJ from dairy case, as pasteurization destroys nutrients.

#3. Ocean-caught fish is better than farm-raised. Farm-raised fish have more contaminates. The smaller the fish, the lower the mercury level. Don’t eat the fat. Fat is where fish store contaminates.

#4. Never purchase soft, squishy loaves of bread. These are filled with dough conditioners and chemicals.

#5. Purchase foods with LESS than 5 ingredients.452873_empty_cart.jpg

#6. Never purchase a food item with a cartoon character.

#7. Look for low sodium products.

#8. Use lean meats.

#9. Shop the outer aisles of the supermarket. Steer clear of the pop, candy, and cereal aisles, which are located in the center of the store.

#10. Avoid products with altered fats (especially trans fat and interesterified fat), white flour and sugar.

(These tips are found in Baby Bites: Transforming a Picky Eater into a Healthy Eater.)

How much sugar is there in processed foods?

Turns out a lot! We tend to overlook added sugars in processed foods. But, sugar is a primary ingredient in most of our processed foods and breakfast foods are the worst. Additionally, sugar can always also be found lurking in baked goods. Sugar is an early riser, who loves to ambush your child first thing in the morning. He lays await in most breakfast foods.

Can you guess the amount of sugar in these items?

1) Carnation Instant Breakfast has 20 grams or 4¼ teaspoons of sugar in one serving!

2) Cereals usually give one cup as a serving size. Children’s cereals like Lucky Charms, Trix or Fruit Loops have the same amount of added sugars: 13-15 grams or 3 teaspoons of sugar at one sitting! MultiGrain Cheerios is a little better at 6 grams or 1½ teaspoons of sugar.

A warm breakfast sound nutritious, doesn’t it? But what about…

3) Instant Oatmeal: All flavors have between 12 -13 grams or 3 teaspoons of sugar, not any better than the cereals.

4) The last item in our list is Nutella. This has taken the place of wholesome peanut or almond butter in many homes. Can you guess what’s the first ingredient? Yes, Sugar! 2 tablespoons of Nutella, has a whooping 20 grams of sugar or over 4 teaspoons.

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