How To Find Real Food at the Supermarket!

14 Jan

Are you trying to eat healthier and better?  In my household we have been trying, and succeeding to some degree.  We’ve all heard the saying “You are what you eat!”  And I really do believe it!

Here are a couple things that helped & motivated us to make changes in the food we eat and what we feed our daughters: 

  • Watching the DVD Food, Inc. really opened our eyes to issues and concerns within the food industry.
  • The book series “Eat This, Not That” provided quick & easy tips that we were able to implement immediately.  Click to see my blog post on these easy to ready and super helpful books that give you better/healthier alternatives for almost anything in your pantry/kitchen/grocery store & restaurant.

So, we do buy as much organic groceries as possible (within our budget, click here to see TLC’s “10 Foods You Should Buy Organic” ), always wash our fresh fruits and veggies before eating/cooking them and shop at our local farmers market.  Let me tell you, there is such a difference in the color of the yolk of an egg from the farmers market vs. what we buy at the regular supermarket, and when we purchased pork bones at the farmers market to make soup stock, it was incredibly different vs the pork bones we’d get from the grocery store in the almost not existent “bone crud” that would foam at the top of our stock pot!

So, with all this in mind, when Darya Pino, Ph.D had her flowchart and short article published in the Huffington Post Food Twitter account, I read it and found it incredibly honest, simple and amusing…thus it inspired this blog post to share her flowchart:

Darya Pino, Ph.D

Darya Pino is a Ph.D trained scientist, San Francisco foodie and advocate of local, seasonal foods.

Posted: January 7, 2011 09:10 AM


Grocery shopping has never been more confusing than it is in 2011.

With conflicting nutrition information coming at us from all sides, navigating the supermarket can feel as impossible as doing long division while juggling loaded bear traps. It’s neither fun nor safe.

To help you find real food within the endless labyrinth of junk, I’ve put together this handy flowchart for your use and amusement. Consider it your supermarket GPS. If you ever get lost, just start back at the top.

Alternatively you can just ditch the supermarket altogether and head to the farmers market like I do.

Please feel free to share this with friends

May the food be with you.

Originally posted at Summer Tomato, where you can find more healthy eating tips.

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