The Best Food Ingredients To Shop For
Shopping For Food And Preparing
Your Own Meals Gives You Control
Here’s a few good tips:
- Buy whatever you can, direct from fresh food markets.
- Minimize processed foods.
- Learn to read the nutrition fact labels.
- Compare the calories per serving/portion to the size of that serving/portion.
When looking at the percentages of the “daily value” of fats, especially saturated fat and transfat, and of carbohydrates, especially sugars, keep in mind that these are based on a 2,000 calorie a day diet.
If you’re eating just 1,000 calories a day in total, you’re getting twice the daily value of fats or carbohydrates. And note as well the serving size, which may be listed as 8 ounces on a package of 12 ounces.
- Check the ingredients list. Look for added and often unwanted ingredients like sugars and chemicals (the long words that you don’t understand). In general, the fewer ingredients, the better. Expect that fortified foods will include added vitamins and minerals.
Code words for added sugars include sucrose, glucose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, maple syrup and fructose.