Tips To Buy The Healthiest Foods
When you feel that you are getting fat, one thing will come to your mind: Diet. Yes, you want to go on a diet to shed extra pounds as you want to be healthy. First thing first, you start by changing what you eat. You skip fatty, sweet foods, and turn to what people call as diet food. But, does diet food really exist?
Diet food is defined as food or drink whose recipes are modified to suit the needs of dieters. However, some people question whether the term diet food really exists as this is only name created by food producers as a marketing gimmick. There is no guarantee that food with label” diet food”is really good for dieters. For example, some experts argue whether the use of artificial sweetener is a healthy choice as it is linked to obesity and some serious illnesses. However, the National Cancer Institute and other health bodies stated there is no scientific study that shows the connection between artificial sugar and cancer.
Now, let us forget about the term diet food. Think about the healthy foods. However, do we all know how to buy the healthiest food at supermarket? How can we check the ingredients? How do we know it’s good for our health? Here are some useful tips:
Buy bread with less than 100 calories and 150 milligrams of sodium per slice, and at least 3 grams of fiber (of course, it means you exclude white bread).
Make sure you will not be too impressed by “whole-wheat bread” label as the label does not mean that the bread has 100 percent whole-wheat flour. Choose bread with label”100% whole grain”. Moreover, you should read the ingredients’ list. If whole-wheat, whole-grain, or oats come as the first ingredients, buy it.
Snack bars are tempting. However, make sure you read the ingredients’ list before buying. Choose a snack bar that contains no more than 10 gr sugar and less than 200 gr calories. What about the fat? Control yourself by consuming about 10 grams of total fat, and less than 1 gram of saturated fat. Make sure the fat comes from nuts.
Vegetables and fruits
Fresh veggies are the best source of vitamins and mineral (organic veggies should be your top choice). However, if you have to choose between frozen vegetables and the canned one, choose the frozen one. But, choose VEGGIES only without any cream sauce whatsoever. You can make it yourself if you want to add extra flavour.
Choose fresh fruits instead of the canned. If you do not have fresh fruits, choose the frozen ones. Frozen berries are nice, too.
Pasta and Rice
Skip white rice and white pasta. Choose whole-grain pasta and brown rice as they are sources of fiber. Brown rice may not contain much fiber, it has more than white rice. For packaged pasta or rice, make sure you check the added salt. Some brands contain up to 1,000 mg or salt.
Soups are the best friends to accompany you in cold weather. However, choose broth or vegetable-based soup instead of cream soup. Then, do not forget to check the sodium level. According to The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), “healthy”labeled products should contain less than 480 gr of sodium.
There are hundreds of cereal brands at groceries, and they are very tempting as well. Choose the plain one. If it is sweet, make sure the flavor are from dried fruits, not corn syrup or honey. Moreover, fiber should come as the first ingredient on the list.
Choose the organic product as it contains omega-3 fat more than non-organic dairy. Find local products too and make sure the products you buy do not come from cows which are rBGH or rBST-injected. rBGH or rBST, or known as Bovine Growth Hormone is a genetically prefabricated hormone that can boost milk production.
We all love chocolate. Choose dark chocolate as it contains high level of cocoa, which is beneficial to your health. Dark chocolate is also an excellent source of antioxidants that can help reduce your blood pressure.
Choose eggs from chicked raised in local farmings. Double check that the hens are not fed by any GMO grains.
What about vegetarian eggs? Do not get deceived by that term. “Vegetarian fed” indicates that hens are fed by soy and corn and they can be said that they are almost universally genetically modified (GMO). Hens eat everything, from grasses to worms. They are omnivorous. Not vegetarians.