The citizens of the United States are blessed with grocery stores full of food choices. Much planning goes into laying out a grocery store. Popular foods are the ones most heavily marketed, the most profitable and are usually more accessible. Most chain grocery stores focus more on the profitability of their store than on the nutritious quality of the food on their shelves.
Healthy food shoppers typically follow a very simple rule of shopping, they tend to shop along the outer perimeter of the building. Think about the foods that you will normally find there, fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy, eggs, seafood, beef, pork and poultry; all whole foods.
Shopping for whole foods is simple; the fewer ingredients, the healthier. The foods you purchase should be nutritious, however, many pre-packaged, ready-to-eat foods include artificial flavoring, excessive amounts of sodium, preservatives and other chemicals and agents to alter the texture and aid in packaging.
Making a switch to whole foods is a commitment to minimize the amount of artificial chemicals in your diet. Next, it’s time to consider choosing organic options. Although fruits and vegetables may be healthy, many are grown with pesticides and anti-fungal agents that over time, accumulate inside the human body.
Several studies have linked pesticides and other harmful chemicals with hormone disruptions in humans. Improperly balanced hormones can lead to diminished immunity response, weight gain and disease. Organic vegetables and protein sources may be more expensive than their chemically laden counter parts, however, preserving good health is far less expensive than pharmacy-dependent disease management.