Have you noticed that real foods – fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, dairy and more are found along the aisles that form the perimeter of most large food stores? Processed, ready-to-eat and fabricated foods are often found along the inner aisles whether they’re frozen, shrink-wrapped, canned or packaged.
Michael Pollan, in his excellent book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual offers a solid approach to food shopping and healthy eating. Mr. Pollan notes correctly that we who eat the typical American diet – lots of processed foods, fatty meat, highly sugared using refined grains — suffer from 4 of the top 10 diet related Western disease killers: obesity, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. Eating a healthier Asian or Mediterranean diet of mostly fresh vegetables can have a healthier result.
His short and very readable book offers a simple and practical approach to healthy shopping and healthy eating.
- Shop the perimeter of the store and only buy real food
- Cook your own meals using fresh ingredients
- Avoid the high fat and over-processed ready to heat and eat alternatives
- Control portion size
- Enjoy the treats you prefer on special occasions
Eat This Not That! Supermarket Survival Guide gets specific. This book, part of a series of books published by Rodale Press, actually identifies the healthier choices in almost every aisle in the store.
For example by choosing Cherrios, Quaker Instant Oatmeal or Grape Nuts over Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Lucky Charms or Honey Graham Oh’s, you’re saving significant fat and sugar calories. If you’re buying tortilla’s buy Mission White Corn Tortillas (with 110 calories and 1.5 grams of fat) over Tia Rosa Tortillas (each with 200 calories and 4.5 grams of fat); or if your buying pasta sauce choose Classico Tomato & Basil Sauce over Newman’s Own Tomato and Basil. Newman’s Own has almost twice the calories and four times the fat.
The Rodale researchers have scoured the market, compared the labels and identified the better choices.
Change can be challenging. These two books make it easy.
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