Never Buy This at the Store!
By Sara Butler
There’s a right way and a wrong way to do your grocery store shopping. It’s no secret your local market is trying to get you to buy a few things you may not need that are also not that great for your health. Prepackaged convenience foods are generally unhealthy and also more expensive. Here are some items you should avoid at the grocery store that are either bad for your bank account, your health, or both!
Prepackaged Snack Food
Those little bags of dried chips and pretzels seem like a good idea because they generally have just one serving per bag, but you’ll save money by simply buying a larger bag and packaging up a serving yourself. Plus, you may be more prone to snack a little more on those 100-calorie packs than you would simply portioning out your own treat for the day.
You may think that the baked goods baked at the store aren’t that bad but think again. Baked goods made anywhere outside of your own kitchen likely have trans fats in them. And there’s no amount of trans fat that is good for your health, so just avoid the bakery to be on the safe side. Plus, it’s so much cheaper to make your own stuff at home!
Cured meats are just not good for you. They’ve been linked in recent years to high blood pressure, migraine headaches, and even some forms of cancer. They’re also full of fat which is terrible for your arteries. Cured meats are simply bad for your heart, so give them a pass.
A lot of bread masquerades as a health food when it’s actually just junk food in disguise. Whole wheat should be the first ingredient on the ingredients list for any bread that is actually good for you. Otherwise, you’re simply getting white bread with a few grains sprinkled in. You can always forget the bread and go for oats, brown rice, barley, or quinoa instead!
Reduced Fat Nut Butter
When food companies attempt to take fat out of something they have to replace it, otherwise the taste or feel of the food will be no good. In the case of low-fat nut butter, sugar is what you’re likely getting in place of fat. So, instead of adding more sugar to your day, use regular nut butter in moderation. It will also deliver you a dose of healthy fats and protein without any added sugar.
There are so many healthy options out there, leaving these behind shouldn't be too much of a sacrifice for your health!
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