Shop smarter at the grocery store

Is organic always better? Does ‘diet’ or ‘low-fat’ always mean healthy? With all the buzz circulating about the necessity to eat healthy and squash the obesity epidemic, food companies are cashing in on the health food craze, but just because it’s labeled as all-natural doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Here are a few tips for shopping smarter:

Shop the perimeter: Most of the foods in the middle aisles are highly processed. If you’re really trying to get healthy, stick to whole foods like the produce and freshly baked whole grains that are usually on the perimeter.

Don’t be fooled by low-fat: The low-fat or fat-free trend really took off in the 90s, but many food companies just replaced all that fat with extra sugar. Be sure to read the whole label.

Skip the low-carbohydrate trend: Cutting carbohydrates out of your diet isn’t healthy, but you should skip refined carbs. Choose whole wheat pasta and wild or brown rice. Quinoa is also an excellent choice, as this high-protein grain will keep your family feeling satisfied.

A multivitamin is also an important addition to any diet to ensure everyone in your family is getting all the recommended vitamins and minerals they need. EZ Melts Multivitamins, from Dr. Newton’s Naturals, is available in a children’s and adult’s formula, so you have your whole family covered.

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