Grocery shopping has its challenges, and selecting healthy foods can be overwhelming and very confusing. Even more difficult is that there are more foods and alternatives becoming more eliquid popularized through advertising every day, from fortified foods to the more expensive epicure. It is a shame that food manufacturers and advertisers can say almost anything they want in order to get you to purchase their food products. They will also alter their packaging to aid in misrepresenting their products. This article will help you learn how to read and understand the general statements and the “Nutrition Facts” panels found on food packaging. This way you will have a fighting chance in selecting healthier food items.
Many of the most important nutrients in the food items are removed during food processing, and sometimes either similar or different nutrients that are lost are re-added to these items. These products will usually have the words “fortified”, “enriched”, “added”, “extra”, and “plus”, on them. You should be really looking for foods that say “100% whole-wheat”, “high fiber”, and “low-sugar” on them. Enriched “Wheat” is not the same as whole-wheat, it’s not even close. You will think you are getting the benefits of eating a healthy complex carbohydrate but you really are just eating white bread in disguise. This also goes for the words “fruit drink,” which usually means that this product probably contains little or no real fruit, and lots of sugar. Find products that say “100% fruit Juice,” and don’t just grab them, read the label, because they most likely say “juice from concentrate”. Try to find “freshly squeezed fruit juice”. A lot of whole food grocery stores have juice bars where you can order freshly squeezed juices.