Natural, unprocessed food. Back to basics! Always remember, nothing beats eating food in its natural, raw form. Think fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts… They provide you with vital nutrients and vitamins that your body needs, and less toxins that could harm your body.
Popularly acclaimed “health foods” that are seemingly healthy could potentially be more harmful. People tend to forget about “portion control” when they think they are eating “healthy”. Be mindful when picking out food packages with words such as “fat-free”, “low fat”, “low calorie”. For example, “fat-free” food can contain more added sugar than the regular fat option to compensate for the lack of flavor in the reduced fat version. Some low calorie foods are lower in nutrients as well! When buying packaged/processed foods, make sure to read the label thoroughly. Take note of the amount of trans-fat, sugar, sodium, fiber and most importantly the ingredient list! Try to stay away from foods with added sugar or flavouring.
Tips on healthy grocery shopping
- Check the sugar content! It’s true that they are good for gut health, but they aren’t really that healthy when they are loaded with processed sugar are they? Find out here how much sugar is too much!
- Tip: Choose Plain Greek Yoghurt. Skip the sugar-loaded flavoured yoghurt.
Item: Multigrain or Wholemeal Bread
- Check the ingredients. Avoid ingredients such as bleached or "unbleached enriched wheat flour”. Words like wheat or multigrain does not guarantee product to be whole-grain.
- Tip: Look for the word “whole”. Choose bread with whole-wheat flour listed as the first ingredient – it shows that the product is predominantly made with wholegrain. Ingredients are listed in accordance to the % of content amount (starting with the highest to lowest)
Item: Cereals/Energy Bars
- Check the nutrition label – look up fiber and sugar content. Most bars/cereals are loaded with added sugar to make them tasty.
- Tip: Best to keep away from store-bought ones. Look out for homemade or locally produced ones at your local farmers market. Make sure to check that ingredients are naturally sweetened (honey and maple syrup are good options) with no added processed sugar.
- Read the labels to make sure they are raw (with no added sugar, water or preservatives), and unpasteurized. Not all juices are created equal.
- Tip: Beware of the ones with long expiry date (they are most likely not raw!). Take note of nutrition labels to make sure the natural sugar content is not too high. Even fructose (natural sugar in fruits) does affect your insulin level! Consuming 100% fruit juice could lead to a spike in your blood sugar level. Don’t get us wrong, it is still a much healthier option compared to coke, and any other carbonated drinks, but don’t go overboard with it. What we are saying is, moderation is key. Always best to go with juices with at least 70% vegetables and at most 30% fruits. Challenge yourself and switch your juices to raw 100% vege juice!
Erina @ Lifestyle
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