Tips for Making the Best Food Choices

Healthy Food Choices

With supermarkets containing thousands of products, it's hard to make good food choices when you have so many items to pick from. Staying away from the center aisles, where a lot of the packaged and chemical-laden food products are placed, is key to ensuring that you are eating the best foods for your body.

Buy foods that come in nature's original packaging. Shopping the perimeter of the store, where the fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy product are displayed, is the best way to ensure you're making the best choices for the foods you eat. Choose produce that's in its original packaging, meaning get a bag of apples rather than applesauce, which may be treated with preservatives.

While that is the simplest tip to follow, it isn't easy to do so. Nor will it work for a lot of people who are used to the standard American diet. Your kids might be hooked on sugary cereals or toaster pastries. You might go to a weekly potluck with friends and need food that appeals to everyone.

For those times when you must buy packaged products, avoid products with excessive and obscure ingredient lists. Generally, the shorter the list, the better. Make sure you know what the ingredients are before you toss a ten-ingredient item into your cart instead of the five-ingredient one. Sugar, milk, whole wheat and cinnamon are household ingredients that any adult knows. Words that are unpronounceable to the average person and food dyes should generally be avoided.

Watch out for trans fats and sugars. Another factor in choosing foods is to choose based on how many grams of sugar and trans fats are in each serving. Consider, too, how large a serving is; a bottle of juice may boast that it only has 20 grams of sugar but each bottle may be two servings. Not many people only drink half a bottle of juice. Plus, watch for other names for sugar like maltodextrin, corn syrup solids, dextrose, glucose, lactose, sucrose, sorbitol, mannitol, and anything that begins with high-fructose.

For more tips on how to prepare healthier foods for your family's health and wellness goals, contact a weight loss consultant at the Metabolic Research Center today!


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