You truly are what you eat, so are you getting your fill of high performance, top-quality foods or consuming cheap “junk” to get the nutrition you need?
You can measure food quality and its impact on your life. Buying cheaper, less nutritionally satisfying foods versus higher priced, higher quality ones comes with costs that are not in your budget.
First, if you have to eat more or take supplements to get the nourishment your body needs, you’re not saving anything. In fact, you may end up paying a higher price with your health.
Second, any chemical additives, pesticides, preservatives or sugary carbohydrates that go into your body must eventually be removed. The cost is either increased exercise or detoxification. To identify quality foods and get what’s best for your health and nutrition, follow these four tips:
Fruits and Vegetables – Those labeled “organic” should be free of the pesticides and waxes that coat most commercially farmed produce. They may cost more, but organic produce typically tastes better and delivers higher concentrations of vitamins and minerals.
Meats – Livestock fed lots of grain typically yields meat that is lower in good Omega 3 oils and higher in the bad Omega 6 versions. Such meat may be full of growth hormones and antibiotics, too. What’s more, many processed meats such as hamburger and hot dogs contain animal by-products that you absolutely want to avoid. Shop for the slightly more expensive “Free-Range,” “Wild Caught,” “Grass Fed” or “Organic” meats and poultry.
Nutrition Facts – Labels required by law on processed food tell you everything you need to know about what you are buying and eating. The displayed percentages are based on an average diet of 2,000 calories per day. You may need more or less. Be especially aware of fat, sodium and sugar content. Avoid any products containing trans fat. Look for ones high in dietary fiber.
Ingredients – Always read what’s contained inside any processed foods you buy. On boxed goods, steer clear of high fructose corn syrup. For canned goods, avoid the sodium salt known as mono-sodium glutamate and any other ingredients you can’t pronounce.
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