3 Tips for Healthy Food Shopping

Filling your grocery cart with good-for-you foods can be easier when you keep these guidelines in mind.

  1. Check the Nutrition Facts label. Make it a habit to read this panel on packaged foods before you drop them in the cart. Look for more of what’s good (fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamin C) and less of what’s not (too much sodium or fat).
  2. Check the claims on the package. “Low calorie” means 40 or less calories per serving. “Low cholesterol” means 20 or less milligrams of cholesterol and 1 gram or less of saturated fat per serving. “Fat free” or “sugar free” means less than ½ gram of fat or sugar per serving.
  1. Check the ingredients list. Usually, the largest amounts, by weight, are listed first. So if sugar or salt is listed at or near the top, chances are it makes up a large part of the total. You can also check if the ingredients include foods with proteins that may trigger allergies—such as milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy. Additional information may be available by contacting the manufacturer.
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