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Smarter Shopping for Healthier Families

By Donna Stark

With all the items to choose from at the grocery store, it's easy to see why so many people are left standing in a puddle of confusion. Apart from the items that are very obviously healthy and unhealthy, it can be hard to discern what is actually good for you, and that's because many of the products on the shelves are what nutritionists like to call "masters of disguise." On the outside, these products appear to be good for you, but if you know what to look for in their ingredients, you may come up with a completely different conclusion. 

Let's take a look at a few of these sneaky items below and what you should choose instead.

Protein and Energy Bars

There's a reason why protein and energy bars have become such a hit. They're portable, convenient, and provide the extra protein a person may be looking for. But that's not the only thing they provide. Some brands of protein and energy bars are also packed with artificial ingredients, preservatives, and loads and loads of sugar. So much sugar, in fact, you may as well be eating a candy bar. If you want a healthy way to eat additional protein, grab a serving of almonds or buy some all-natural, organic beef sticks instead.

Dried Fruit

You've been told over and over again to eat more fruit, so dried fruit should count, right? Well, it depends. Before you put that package into your grocery cart, make sure there are no sugars added to it. Plain, dried fruit is OK, but the fruit that has been modified with extra flavorings and sweetness should be avoided.

Store-Bought Muffins

Don't allow convenience to dictate your overall health and wellness. The muffins that are made in large batches at your grocery store may smell divine, but they may also include several ingredients that you should shy away from. By making your own muffins at home, you can select organic ingredients and replace your sugar and oils with healthier versions.

Fruit Juice

Many of the juices you find in the refrigerated section at the store are often packed with hidden sugars and natural flavorings. Natural flavorings may sound like a positive thing to look for, but more often than not, it is just a fancy way to say, "these are flavors created in a lab." Take the time to look for organic, all-natural ingredients and unsweetened versions. It may make your shopping trip last a little bit longer, but the time you spend searching for healthier alternatives will be worth it!

Smarter Shopping

Don't let the tricky slogans and sneaky marketing campaigns confuse you any more! Trust your gut and stick with foods you know are going to be restorative and healing to your overall health and wellness. And remember, you got this!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Mobile, Ala.

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