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How to Choose Healthy Food

How to Choose Healthy Food

iStock_000014204091SmallUse these simple guidelines to help you choose healthier food for you and your family:

  • Produce

Although it is usually more expensive, organic produce is much healthier and nutritious than non-organic produce. Ideally all produce should be fresh, ripe, in season and locally grown.  Look for a local farmer’s market or food co-op, or consider mail-ordering organic food if there is none in your area. Color counts — bring home an entire rainbow of colorful fruits and vegetables.

  • Meat

Buy only organic or free-range, hormone and antibiotic-free meats whenever possible. Grass-fed beef is optimal and always look to support local farmers.

  • Poultry

Poultry should be organic or free-range, antibiotic and hormone-free.

  • Eggs

Ensure that you purchase eggs that are organic or from free-range, antibiotic and hormone-free poultry.

  • Seafood

Buy only smaller varieties of cold water, non-farm-raised fish or seafood. Fish should smell a bit like the sea but fresh – it should not smell bad.  Wild raised is optimal.

  • Buy whole, fresh foods only

Read labels carefully and look for foods that contain only one ingredient. Also look for the word “whole” before the first ingredient on the label or ingredient list. Fresh food is more nutritious than frozen, frozen is better than canned. Always check for expiration or production dates on the label.

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