Some Tips on Choosing Healthy Foods

Some Tips on Choosing Healthy Foods

Choosing to be healthy begins at the grocery store. You may find that it’s not as easy as you think because good foods are plenty but not all are really healthy.

Food products may be labeled as fat-free, vitamin-enriched or all-natural. These food labels are supposed to help us make wise food choices. But there are many products that don’t live up to what they claim, so it is up to us to weed out the imposters.

Read the Food Labels

This would require reading food labels to know the ingredients that the products contain. Yu will discover the unhealthy hiding behind foods that you’ve come to know as healthy. For example, many health bars are advertised to provide protein, vitamins and minerals. But they also contain too much salt and sugar, which is unhealthy.

Be familiar with ingredients

Some products are advertised as using sea salt, but it doesn’t really make it healthier. Registered dietitian Denise Cole at the Cleveland Clinic says sea salt contains the same quantity of sodium like table salt, it is just coarser than table salt. But because it is coarser, it makes food taste better with less amount.

Low-fat peanut butter isn’t any better also. To make this peanut butter low-fat, manufacturers take away the healthy peanut fat and add sugar to adjust the flavor. That is what most manufacturers do to make products fat-free or low in fat.

You don’t have to look at nutrition labels all the time. When you want the healthiest from the produce section, you can use color as your guide when buying greens.

The darker is the green leafy vegetable, the better it is. For example, iceberg lettuce is light in color and contains little nutritional value. Choose darker and greener lettuces, such as romaine, kale and spinach, which give better nutrients like phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.

You should also know that whole grain is different from multigrain. It is healthier to choose whole grains because all the grain kernel parts are intact. Multigrain simply refers to having more than one kind of grains in the product.

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