Updated: Apr 21, 2022
With so much choice and so many influencing factors, trying to shop in a more health-conscious fashion can feel a little overwhelming.
While we all have different nutritional requirements, there are some basic things we can do to help us develop a healthier diet.
Here are five things to watch out for next time you’re doing your weekly shop.
1. Look for items that have 10 or less ingredients
By keeping things simple it lowers the chances of consuming potentially harmful additives and preservatives. Also, if your grandmother wouldn’t recognise it as a true ‘ingredient’ or you can’t pronounce it, put it down.
2. Watch out for portion sizes
It is more difficult to control what you’re eating and fully understand nutritional values, when products are not in their individualized portions.
Many labels give total calories per package. However, packages may contain a number of portions per pack.
in addition, the nutritional information may include a smaller value (e.g. per 25g) than the recommended portion.
3. Be on the lookout for added or hidden sugars
The World Health Organisation’s daily recommended intake for sugar is just 25 grams and avoiding it is a lot harder than you might think.
Some ingredients aren’t actually labelled as sugar. In particular, watch out for words ending in ‘ose’, such as fructose, sucrose, and maltose. These are all names for sugars.
4. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store
The simplest way to find nourishing food is to shop what is generally the outside aisles of the grocery store , i.e. the fresh produce aisles.
Fresh wholefood doesn’t need a label and diets full of real wholefoods are naturally low in sugars.
5. Avoid ‘low-fat, zero-fat’ versions of foods
These generally contain lots of additional sugars and artificial sweeteners.
When fats are removed from foods, the palatability of the food is diminished. In order to make the foods more palatable, fats are replaced by sugars and sweetness.
This makes these ‘diet foods’ far less healthy over all.
In summary, try to get more nutritional bang for your buck’ with higher volumes of whole foods.
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