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Shopping For Healthy Food

4:57 PM, Sep 21, 2009   |    comments
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Shopping For Groceries

• If you buy healthy food at the store, you'll eat healthy food at home
• Buy healthy food in 3 easy steps:
1  Shop from a grocery list
2  Read nutrition labels as you shop
3  Compare brands for nutrition value 

• Keep a running list of needed grocery items on the front of your refrigerator. The kids can help with this.
• Check nutrition facts label for fat and sodium content 
Limit saturated and trans fats which can increase cholesterol and triglycerides 
Limit sodium which can increase hunger/thirst and affect blood pressure 
Use % Daily Value as a guide 

• Check ingredient list too; watch out for: 
"hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oils (a.k.a. trans fat) 
high fructose corn syrup 

• Compare brands for healthiest option 
If no "H" words in ingredient list, compare % Daily Value of fat/sodium. 
Choose products with low source of fat/sodium 
Demo: Cristina with grocery items of varying nutrition value
• Small change adds up to big pay offs in buying healthier foods that everyone will enjoy. 

www.myfamilyhealthspot.org
 

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