Is Your Food Really Healthy?

The world is becoming more health conscious every year. Food companies are making so-called healthy foods, the fast food industry is trying to create healthier menus, and people are making more informed choices about their food.

That’s a good thing, and it’s very necessary as obesity continues to affect more and more families. With all the “healthy food” choices and media at the mercy, eating right remains a challenge to what we consider healthy. Every day I see ads and articles promoting foods that are really not the best choice. This makes the weight loss journey and the pursuit of 6-pack abs harder and harder.

The easiest way to avoid all this and stick to the healthy path is to eat whole foods that haven’t been modified by humans. This food list will include fresh meats, vegetables and fruits, raw nuts, and less-altered dairy products. This can be a difficult thing to do because most food items on the shelf are influenced by humans in some way.

For this reason, I’m going to give you three things to look out for on your next trip to the grocery store so you can make smarter, healthier choices for you and your family.

1: Food Sources

This can be a bit tricky, but many stores are getting better at providing this information. If you have access to a health food store, you won’t have that much trouble, but even Kroger’s is getting better.

Pay attention to where the food you buy comes from. This is more about other items than meat and animal products. Many food companies use hormones and feeding processes on their animals, which can affect the quality of the meat. Once we eat meat, the hormones added to the animal to make it bigger are absorbed by our body, disrupting our hormonal balance and bodily processes.

Look for more natural meats that are grass-fed and hormone-free. The same goes for seafood, try to find more natural sources than closed water fish. Not only will this meat be healthier, but it will also be fresher and taste better.

2: Ingredients

When shopping for food, pay attention to the ingredients. Many times, a food will claim to be healthy because of the number of calories, but in reality those calories are quite unhealthy.

Calories are important, but equally important is the quality of the food. Generally speaking, the lower the number of ingredients, the better the quality of the food. If you pick up a 100-calorie snack pack, you’ll see a long list of ingredients, whereas more natural foods like vegetables have just one ingredient.

If you reduce the number of ingredients in the pantry, you will improve the quality.

3: Sodium

Sodium is one of those things that many people overlook. Not only does it play a huge role in weight loss, but it also plays a huge role in heart health, joint health, and overall health. It kills your path to success with water retention and overall mood decline.

Many foods have added sodium to increase shelf life. Almost every type of canned food has a lot of sodium, which is why canned food lasts so long. Start looking at the sodium content of your foods and try to limit your intake to less than 1500 mg per day. For example, a can of “low sodium” soup has 900 mg of sodium. If that’s “low” then I’d hate to see normal!

Reduce your sodium intake for a few weeks and notice how well you feel.

Start paying more attention to detail at the grocery store. Making decisions about eating healthier and healthier is good, but with all the shenanigans of big food companies, it’s hard. Look at these little things and your food choices will start to change.

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