Healthy Shopping Guidelines for Your Grocery List - dummies

Healthy Shopping Guidelines for Your Grocery List

Part of Low-Cholesterol Cookbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

You can take a big step towards feeding yourself quality foods if you make good choices at the supermarket. Here are some guidelines to set you on the right path:

  • Check the ingredient list on labels and avoid products that contain partially hydrogenated oils or lots of added salt.

  • Read labels for the saturated fat content of products to ensure that you’re not underestimating the amount of fat.

  • Buy low-fat and reduced-fat dairy products.

  • Favour low-sodium, reduced-fat soups.

  • To make sure that you’re eating nutrient-rich, fresh produce, bring home only as many fruits and vegetables as you expect to eat within a few days. Shop little and often.

  • Opt for organic meats, poultry, and produce when possible.

  • Eat liver and kidneys, which are exceptionally high in cholesterol, only occasionally.

  • Look for low-fat alternatives to fattier foods, such as reduced-fat sausage and lean mince.

  • For the most flavour and nutrients, buy local and seasonal produce. Check out farmer’s markets and farm shops, for example.

  • If you must have a splurge food, such as rich premium vanilla ice cream, treat yourself to the very best available to fix your craving, and promise yourself you won’t indulge again for a long time.

  • Stock up on wholegrain breads, cereals, pastas, and antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes – the type of starchy foods that have minimal impact on blood glucose levels.