Tips to Avoid Processed Foods.

processed-foodOnce upon a time, human beings ate whole, real food. But as the world evolved and progressed, our eating habits regressed – and the desire for real food was replaced with the desire for packaged convenience. The problem is, many processed foods are high in the things we need to consume less of – like added sugar, sodium and unhealthy fats.

Truth be told, I don’t like the idea of “avoiding” unhealthy foods. If we try to avoid or resist something, we’re still giving it our energy, time and thought. Instead, I think it’s better to replace those habits that aren’t serving us with habits that do.

Instead of avoiding processed foods, let’s discover the joys of real food.

And here are a few tips to do just that.

  1. Spend more time on the perimeter of the supermarket. That’s where you’ll find real food like turkey, chicken, fish, vegetables, fruit and more. The more shopping you do in this area, the more likely you are to include whole foods in your menu.
  2. Read the ingredients. A good indicator of processing is the ingredients list. As a general rule, fewer ingredients are better. And if the ingredients are something that would be found in your grandmother’s pantry, it’s a great sign. Be especially leery of added sugars which are often disguised with clever names like dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, glucose, maltose, etc.
  3. Buy more foods that aren’t in bags or boxes. It goes without saying that packaged foods are more likely to be highly processed. If you can pick up an actual food product without a layer of packaging between you – like a head of lettuce or a cantaloupe – you know you’re on the right track.
  4. Eliminate foods with marketing gimmicks. You won’t see labeling like “just add water!” or “reduced fat” on a bunch of carrots. If the packaging sounds like an infomercial, it’s likely a highly processed food product.

As a closing thought, I’d like to bust the myth that processed foods are more convenient. If you’re hungry and want convenience, grab an apple. What’s easier than that? Done.

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  1. Amen.

  2. I once heard if they have to advertise it’s healthiness, you probably shouldn’t buy it! I mean Broccoli isn’t labeled for healthiness, we just know it is.

  3. The tip to stay on the perimeter of the supermarket is genius. I have used this method for a long time. The things in the aisles are the ones that are in bags and boxes you should avoid anyway. Great tips.

  4. Yeah i never really noticed how the most un healthy things have the most “healthy” marketing.. Thats interesting. Ill be sticking to the outskirts of the grocery store from now on and making sure i read the ingredients and actually know whats in the food im eating. Thanks for the tips!