Confused at the grocery store?

Friday, November 16, 2012

With all the chemicals and stuff we are left to sort through when shopping for healthy foods for ourselves and families, the task can be very challenging.

If you are a smartphone user, I highly recommend the FOODUCATE APP. It does a pretty good job helping at the store. It is even working on creating database information on GMO products.

Www.fooducate.com is awesome too! Discovered that after the app. It's very easy to use!

Another website I get daily email from, that is often helpful is www.greatist.com some days I just delete without reading, but other days they have great information. One of the things I really like about their info is an extensive works cited at the end of each article.

Here is the one I got today. It is helping decipher through the labels on food products.


The list of ingredients I try to avoid:
ALL artificial sweeteners
High fructose corn syrup
MSG (tricky, because it has 13-14 names - some seeming to be good for you.)

There are others I try to limit as well.. But those are my biggest.

What do you look for when reading nutrition labels?
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    203 days ago
    Yes reading labels is a pain. Something that looks healthy often ends up not being so healthy. I try to keep calories, fat, sodium, and sugar as low as possible. And looking for things higher in protein, fiber and potassium. Good luck, I find just eating stuff without added things, like taste plain rice or plain pasta, you can find no additive seasonings and make them taste fantastic.

    2992 days ago
    That's some great info! We live in a small community and have a hard time getting things fresh. Our bread doesn't last very long so my husband and I are trying to make some things from scratch to avoid throwing out moldy buns. But of course it can be hard to make everything from scratch so we try to avoid artificial sweeteners and high fructose corn syrup. I guess there are a few more things we need to be careful about.
    3020 days ago
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    To be quite honest, I just look at the sodium content. I need to do better.
    I still eat way too much artificial sweetener, but I did give up diet soda a few months ago (I was drinking a TON) and I hope my body is a little healthier due to that. I still plan to give up the sweeteners altogether, I am just reluctant to give many more things up, at once, because I want to maintain my lack of bingeing.
    3022 days ago
    I am going to check out the app... Thank you!
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    I sure understand what you mean, Joette. It would be so nice if food companies had to give us truthful labeling without hiding ingredients because they are below the percentage require to have to include on list and hiding things under a million names.

    I'm getting to the point where I buy as much as I can in it's natural form so that I can control all the ingredients...but boy that takes a lot more time. But even then there is GMO...gosh that one is impossible to navigate really. Thanks for the info.
    3022 days ago
    Now I look for the fewest, most natural ingredients and try to eat whole foods. But that isn't 100%, so this will be very helpful. I have been avoiding foods with ingredients that I can't pronounce. I've already downloaded the app, and it looks like a good one. Can't wait to see how my cereal measures up!

    Thanks for the tips.

    3023 days ago
    Interesting. ; )
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