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  • I like the list - a lot. I don't eat fish so tuna is out for me but everything else rings true. A good way to get to the dairy section (in the back) is to walk to it on the perimeter - past the produce (picking up produce as you go along), then needed dairy and eggs, and then fresh meats, fish etc. Almost all grocery stores use this layout and it's good exercise. Then if you have a list go and pick up ONLY what you need, don't browse.
  • All things in moderation.
    If you don't like it you won't stick to it, no matter how good for you it is
  • I just find it funny that eggs are listed with dairy - what part of the cow are they from ha ha... Anyway, eggs are just on the shelf, usually near the rice section. Not refrigerated. :)
  • Pork is listed as one of the meats to avoid due to its high fat content. However, wild boar is so lean that some fat has to be added during the cooking process so as not to dry out the pork. Additionally, venison has less than 3 grams of fat.
  • Outdated & misleading regarding whole-fat, which is good and even necessary for optimal health, grains, which human beings do not "need", and tofu, which is "made", plus above-minimal amounts of soy in the diet, especially for women, is unhealthy.

    I could have done without the patronizing tone as well.
  • Some good info, but I could've lived without the patronizing tone. "Flavor of toaster pastries & TV dinners"? Really?
    It IS possible that your readers have encountered recipes, produce & whole grains before, but thanks for the info.
  • Some researches show that skim milk and low fat milk can cause cancer. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nonfat-c
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  • I also am rather surprised at the amount of negativity. This is a guideline rather than a list that you absolutely must follow. I make my own bread because A) I love baking and B) I know exactly what went into it. I use 1/3 cup of honey instead of 1/2 cup white sugar that my recipe calls for, I use 2 cups white flour, 5 cups whole wheat flour and 1 cup of ground rolled oats instead of 8 cups white flour and I use extra virgin olive oil rather than hydrogenated vegetable oil. The 2 cups white flour help give it a proper loaf shape as all whole wheat is very dense and not everyone will eat it. I actually found very little that I could change since I had already changed my grocery shopping style before starting the Realistic Resolutions challenge. I no longer visit the prepared food refrigerator cases but rather make my own and for what I paid for 4 servings prepared, I can make 16 servings for the same amount AND I know exactly what went into and can flavour to suit my palate. I don't have sugar cravings, my cravings are for salty substances. As far as low fat goes - I only drink skim milk and have done so for years. I hate 0 fat yogurt so I go for the Greek yogurt mid-fat range and full fat cheese - gotta get it some where! I hate greasy foods and that was part of my reason for leaving the prepared foods behind as most of them are greasy and lacking flavour.
  • I'm surprised at how many negative comments are posted to this article. Looking at the positive (this information is provided to you free of charge) and realizing that dietary needs and opinions are varied would be my two cents to my fellow Sparkers. I for one am happy that SparkPeople doesn't jump on every new dietary fad. Use what you can to your advantage on this site and leave what you can't.
  • Very misleading article with lots of outdated information. Low fat is NOT healthy. Some fruits and vegetables are loaded with pesticides. All grains can cause havoc in the gut and raise blood sugars. Un-fermented soy is very problematic.

    You need to be consulting with Registered Holistic Nutritionists, not dietitians.
  • TEXASTOPAZ15
    At a certain point, the difference between 2% and 4% cottage cheese makes no no never mind to me!
    Milk, whether skim (yuk) or full cream (also yuk) BOTH contain 12g of sugar!!! Blue Diamond, unsweetened almond milk contains 0g sugar. Of course it's all a matter of taste, and we each choose what's best for us, for our palate, and/or for our families.

    So while articles like this may be somewhat useful to some, to others the generalized nature of it is a little off?
  • I thought low fat dairy was going out of fashion.
  • LCERTUCHE
    A must have staple for my kitchen has to be spices, and seasonings. No matter what I cook that's what make my recipes go from bland to yummo.
  • People with medical issues have to be careful with buying certain foods. Anyone on a low potassium diet has to severely limit any high potassium foods. That includes potatoes, bananas, whole grains, dark leafy vegetables, even milk. So don't be so quick to say white bread, rice, pasta are bad, if you cannot eat whole wheat products.
  • No matter how many articles you post saying it, I'm never giving up my whole milk.
    And the science seems to be growing against you, Spark.

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