Changes I Made to be FIT and FAB over 50 Series. TIP #4-Flip to the Label
Have you ever been shopping at the market and just overwhelmed with the selection of foods, aisle after aisle, and just don’t know what brands to choose from? Seriously, it is crazy how many different choices there are especially in the bigger supermarkets!
Believe me, I was super frustrated and confused as well, up until a few years ago when I decided to educate myself about reading labels and really understanding what all the numbers and percentages meant. Now, my choices are clearer and food selection is so much easier! I was told once that the aisles in the middle of the store are considered “DEATH VALLEY” and now I know why!
Any foods that have a “shelf life” have some sort of preservatives and chemically altered to stay “fresh”. But really, do you know how long foods that are packaged in a can, box or bag have been sitting on store shelves? And how can they taste fresh? Hmmm, something to think about!
The best advice I heard was to keep the ingredients of your foods to ONE! That would include your vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, oils, avocados, eggs, fish, chicken etc. Get the picture? And if you need to buy something packaged, make sure it has 5 ingredients or less. Consider peanut butter for example. The label should read, Nuts only or Nuts and salt. Thats it! You don’t need more than that!
Look at the label as an example. not be tricked by food companies hiding how much is actually in one package. Look at the serving size and if it is more than one serving. Often it is misleading, for example in soups. One can could actually hold 2 – 2 1/2 servings with crazy amounts of sodium. You want to avoid saturated fats, trans fats, sodium, and added sugars. You want foods high in protein, healthy fats and fiber. The vitamins and mineral section should have high percentages so you can take in 100% of each during the day.
Heres an example of 2 of my favorite seasonings, Braggs Amino Acids and Coconut Aminos. They both are a healthier alternative to high sodium soy sauces but even comparing these labels, the Braggs has 320 mg of sodium per tsp to 90mg in the coconut brand. So I have both in my pantry but will use the lower salt one on most occasions.
Trying to find the best food options in your market can feel overwhelming with all the choices available. Being aware of food labels and how to read them is key. Don’t despair, more helpful info is here!
So my advice to you is FLIP and READ when comparing different brands and make educated choices when it comes to your favorite foods. Many times, it comes down to substituting a food with a healthier choice and not deprivation. I hope you find this helpful and I invite you to reach out with questions or if I can help you with this subject.
Now, shop with an eye on the label!