Even though shopping the perimeter of the grocery store is the best place to get nutritious foods, sometimes you just can’t avoid those center aisles. Whether you need cereal, canned foods or simple goods, such as peanut butter, you should always know what to look for on the packages before you put those items in your cart.
There are many health claims on food packages that can be misleading. Packages that sit on the shelf at eye level with the bright colors and fun prizes inside are usually aiming towards children. Some companies target adults by claiming their products help lower cholesterol or that they’re a good source of some specific nutrient. However, the only way to understand the facts is to take the time to read the nutrition label. Some of the most nutritious foods don’t come with labels, but if the food you choose does, make sure you really know what it means.
Watch health educator Katie Johnson explain food claims, nutritional value importance and more in this video: