You may have heard people say that when grocery shopping you should try to stick to the outer loop around the store. This portion of the supermarket is where you will find fresh produce and whole ingredients that should make up the majority of your diet. The inside aisles typically are full of overly-processed, pre-packaged, refined sugar-laden foods that in the end may be cheaper, but will have you paying for them in increased health risks.
As you probably know by now, I try my best to stay away from processed foods. Yes, occasionally I will consume pre-packaged items when in a pinch or if I’m somewhere where there aren’t other options, but in general I try to abstain. Foods containing added colors, dyes, preservatives, and other obscure ingredients just aren’t good for you. As delicious as that Hostess cupcake, boxed macaroni and cheese, or bowl of Fruit Loops may seem at the time, do you really know what you are eating? From salad dressings to Stove Top stuffing, the ingredients are often unnatural and have been created in a lab somewhere.
Look at food labels next time you are in the store, you’ll be astonished by the long list of items that you can barely pronounce, let alone, know what they are.
Not to scare you even more, but here’s a link to an article about food additives and where you can find them lurking. It was pretty interesting and is something I think people should become aware of. Many of these items may be things that often find their way into your shopping cart.
If you don’t want to give up some of your favorites, make your own! You’ll be surprised how easy it is to recreate “unhealthy” items, and instead, make them at home with wholesome, healthy ingredients. For ideas, check out my Recipe page for homemade Hostess cupcakes, spring rolls, salad dressings, and Fig Newtons!