How to Be a Conscientious Food Shopper by lfsmj2010


									How to Be a Conscientious Food Shopper
Eating healthy and stretching food dollars in the grocery store are
equally important goals when grocery shopping, which can make filling the
pantry somewhat of a challenge. Changing packaging and new food
classifications can make food shopping confusing, so learn how to be a
conscientious food shopper to shop smart and eat healthy.

1Avoid shopping when you're hungry. Be a smart food shopper by not
shopping on an empty stomach. Grocery shopping when you're hungry will
make you more susceptible to impulse buying and giving into the
temptation of candy or junk food. You'll be distracted more easily so you
won't pay as much attention to prices or label information.<
2Buy organic. Be a conscientious food shopper by buying organically grown
produce and meat products whenever possible. Organic products tend to be
a little more expensive than mass-produced items, but they contain fewer
pesticides and chemicals and produce fewer waste byproducts, making them
healthy alternatives for you and the environment.
3Be aware of marketing ploys. Be a conscientious grocery shopper by
watching out for packaging and labeling designed to lure you into
purchasing a product. Many companies have started putting nature scenes
or earth tones on their labels to make their products seem more organic
or earth-friendly without changing anything about the actual product.
Read labels carefully to determine if there have been any healthy changes
made to the products.
4Read the labels. Know what you're buying by taking the time to read and
compare food labels. Compare nutrient content and be aware of the amount
of additives and chemical preservatives, as well as the cost per ounce
per package. All of this information contributes to the overall
nutritional value of the food and the economical value of the purchase,
allowing you to make healthier choices based on ingredients and the best
5Purchase locally-produced groceries. Buy groceries that have been grown
or produced in your state or town. Locally grown groceries are often
cheaper, because the costs to ship them are lower. They also include
fewer chemical preservatives since they get from the farm to the store in
a shorter period.
6Support sustainable food growers. Sustainable food producers focus on
growing food with as little negative impact as possible on the
environment or the consumer by growing food seasonally. Supporting
sustainable food when you shop or eat out helps increase public awareness
of these food sources and gives you a local healthy alternative.
7Consider shopping in bulk. Join a bulk shopping warehouse or club and
purchase your basics from there. Buying in bulk for necessities like
toilet paper or breakfast cereal is often cheaper than buying these items
individually at the grocery store. It is also better for the environment,
because bulk packaged products often contain less waste packaging
material than items in the grocery store.<

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