A Food Shopping Guide for a Leaner Body: This is how you win at the supermarket
How many of you find yourself walking into a supermarket with all intentions to make this the healthiest food shop you would have ever done, only to then find yourself getting annoyed once again in trying to understand the essence of food labels on the back of products?
Food Labels provide the key to unlocking a healthier you! Using the Food Label to accurately distinguish between healthy and potentially harmful food and drink products is like judging products not by their cover but by their true traits, namely: their Macronutrient content.
Use these easy tips to therefore make an accurate comparison between products prior to purchasing one that may in fact be interfering with your health goals:
• Firstly, make your comparisons in the 100g column of all products, as this provides a standard measurement across the board. i.e. the serve size usually differs in weight per product, which can give you bias interpretations.
• Secondly, assess the Total Fat content of each product. The aim here is to choose a product that has less than 5g of Fat per 100g. The Fat macronutrient carries the largest contribution towards Total Calories or ‘weight gain’, thus it is a good idea to prioritise this result.
• Thirdly, assess the Sugar content between these products, which are now clearly on trial for a possible pantry selection. Sugar is a subset of the Carbohydrate macronutrient, and a major contributor towards Diabetes as well as infant behaviour disorders, thus aim for less than 10g of Sugar per 100g.
The final necessary comparison to make is that of the Protein macronutrient. Aim here of course to choose the product that has the higher Protein reading, as like most of us would know, Protein functions enormously in muscular development, strength, definition, recovery, and immunity.
OK team, so ensure your food shop choices are aligned with your goals; for example ‘Leaning up for a beach body’. So say ‘NO’ once in the food shop rather than having to say it a thousand times every time you open your fridge or pantry.
By: Mark Robinson, Accredited Dietitian