April 23, 2013

Top Five Grocery Shopping Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Over the course of the past year, I've been on an off-and-on health kick. I say "off" because my love for french fries really get the best of me each and every time they're available as my side item. To that point, I've been sharing a lot more healthy recipes and an overall increase in wellness posts. I even started a Facebook Group for interested parties!

Shopping for groceries is a simple errand for some people, but for those seeking healthier produce, the task of finding good products can be really difficult! While this information can be a bit more technical than what you're used to seeing from me, it's definitely "good to know" and keep in the back of your mind.

According to Dr. Bob, The Drugless Doctor, here are tips to ensure shoppers they're purchasing healthy products:

1. Important Numbers (8,4,9): The stickers with corresponding bar codes, six-digit numbers, can be found on all produce and crucial for all shoppers. Codes that begin with 8 signify the genetically altered or engineered process. Organic products have codes that start with 9 while 4 constitutes that the product was treated chemically with an herbicide, pesticide or both. Example: Genetically Altered: 843214, Organic: 956734, Conventional: 434522

2. Bisphenol A or BPA: The resin that is found in many recycling and food containers are also used as a coating and lining protector in canned foods. When those products are heated the residue penetrates the food establishing toxic imbalances. Estrogen-type synthetic component are common in BPA so make sure to read labels carefully for a long-term toxic-free lifestyle.

3. Grass-Fed Meat: The label does not guarantee the item is organic, the USDA organic seal is the only guarantee that nothing has been added. The term “grass-fed” only dictates so much; for all we know the animals could have been restricted or locked up.

4. Sugar Ingredients: Label’s content list will alert shoppers about the presence of sugar and its substitutes. Sugar can be disguised as sugar crystals, liquid organic cane juice, organic sugar, and sucrose. Products labeled as sugar-free may be sweetened with sugar alcohols, with names ending in ol: Mannitol, Xylitol, and Sorbitol which can distress the body system.

5. GMO: Genetically engineered or genetically modified foods do not interface with natural cells and create various chronic health issues. Popular GMO crops include corn, soy, and wheat

My hope is that these tips keep you mindful about what you're putting into your body.