by Dr. Janet Brill, Registered Dietitian and Cardiovascular Nutritionist
With so much nutritional information coming at us 24/7, it’s important for your health to figure out what your nutritional priorities should be. Separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to making healthy food choices is vital in this fast-paced world we live in.
This is particularly wise advice when it comes to making smart choices at the supermarket. The endless onslaught of difficult-to-understand nutritional advice, combined with a myriad of food temptations can make a trip to the supermarket a stressful experience, to say the least.
Here are five fundamental nutrition pointers that can help your family make heart-healthy choices when shopping for food:
Preparing a weekly menu plan in advance will save you time, money and help you to control your weight in the process. Make sure you stick to the list and don’t buy more than you planned for (exceptions can be made for adding more fruits and vegetables).
Never head for the grocery store on an empty stomach. If you are famished you likely won’t be making the healthiest of nutrition choices. If you are hungry while at the supermarket, try eating some fresh fruit or heading to the juice bar in order to stave off those hunger pangs.
Stay away from the aisles unless you need to buy cereals, pasta, whole grain bread, low-sodium canned beans, low-sodium tomato products, tuna packed in water, nut butters, olive and canola oil, and healthy vinegars.
Frozen fruit and vegetables can be high in nutritional value. The key to finding healthy frozen food is to look for the ‘single ingredient’ type. For example, when you’re buying corn, the ingredient list should say ‘corn’ – nothing more.
In our modern and fast-paced world, we are overwhelmed with information regarding health, medical research, and the latest fad diets. This can be confusing as we struggle to make heart healthy nutritional choices in our daily lives.
The best advice is that when it comes to nutrition, a ‘back-to-basics’ approach is the most successful strategy for eating well and keeping healthy. Try to eat at home often, and when you go to the supermarket, purchase fresh, wholesome food that does your body good.
(published June 18, 2015)
Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN, is a leading diet, nutrition, and fitness expert specializing in cardiovascular disease prevention. She is the author of Cholesterol Down: 10 Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol in 4 Weeks – Without Prescription Drugs (Three Rivers Press, 2006), and Prevent a Second Heart Attack: 8 foods, 8 Weeks to Reverse Heart Disease (Three Rivers Press, Feb. 2011). To learn more about Dr. Janet, get delicious heart-healthy recipes, or buy her books, please visit DrJanet.com or PreventaSecondHeartAttack.com.