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Can you recognize a healthy food when you go shopping? Some healthy foods are easy to spot, like the fresh fruits and vegetables sitting in the produce section, but which types of meat are best? What about dairy products? And do you know which packaged and convenience foods to choose?
Let me give you a couple of tips for healthy grocery shopping. In the meat section, look for lean cuts of fresh beef and pork, and be sure to include fresh fish and poultry in your weekly meal plan. Buy low-fat and non-fat milk, cheese and yogurt from the dairy case.
So far, so good. But the rest of the store might be a bit trickier. When you're shopping in the freezer section, choose frozen foods that are not too high in sodium (no more than about 400 - 500 mg per serving), are low in saturated fats (and zero trans-fats) and watch the calorie counts.
The same ideas work for all the boxed and canned goods in the rest of the aisles - keep unhealthy fats and sodium counts low. And choose breads, cereals and pastas that are whole grain to get more fiber. Be very careful in the junk food snack aisles and don't buy too much sugar sweetened soft drinks - milk, juices and water are much better for you.
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