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Your Good-Better-Best Guide to the Grocery

Step-by-Step Guidelines for the Best Food Choices


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  • While I understand much of what the article is trying to convey, my brain sort of shut off at "light" products being the best option. Hmm. That doesn't seem right to me. I'd rather enjoy one slice of minimally processed whole wheat bread with limited ingredients than two that are calorie-controlled.
  • I, too, like the idea of eating more natural, real foods that have very little processing and additives but I think the majority of comments are overreactions to this article.

    I suspect, a vast number of Spark users and those trying to lose weight are eating bread, cereal, milk etc. And they are lost amidst the onslaught of labelling, and the tug-of-war of ads and articles which fight over what is better for us -- low fat/low sugar vs unprocessed foods, pricey Organic vs non-organic, not to mention the debate over Free Range, Natural, GMO to add nutrients etc. Let's face it, we have all been "swayed" in many directions over the years.

    This article is saying yes, low fat is better if you eat too much fats however, try Greek Yoghurt which is naturally better" "Deli meats are ok, and light deli meats are better for you in some ways but you're best option is to cook your own chicken breast and slice it for sandwiches yourself"

    For those who can take away valuable information in this article, great. For others who have committed to alternate lifestyles or food choices, don't bash the article for trying to help people who have no idea what to believe. This article does help new dieters and uninformed readers.
  • Great information, thanks!
  • I found the explanations helpful. Perhaps there would be fewer complaints and pronouncements from the experts in the comments if the judgement of good, better, best had been left off.

    I agree about avoiding the over processed stuff as much as possible and try to eat natural. However, I also remember those "good old days" of everybody eating natural. People died of heart disease, diabetes etc back then too - also in great numbers. That was the thinking of social security at 65 or 62. We didn't expect to live much longer than that. Now we do and informed choices help.

    Yes, I'm aware of the effect of advancements in medicine, sanitation etc. I take all pronouncements with a "grain of salt" so to speak. In the end I have to make my own decision.
  • I agree with previous posts. I was disappointed with the focus on fat free and processed foods in the article. Especially when Spark has so many articles lamenting the end of the "fat free myth".
  • I grew up on skim milk. Whole milk and 2% milk are gross to me.
  • I love Dairy products but I can't get the lower fat versions. For some reason my body rejects fat-free/low fat yogurt or milk. I can enjoy the regular yogurts and small amounts of regular vitamin D milk.

    Isn't there MORE SUGAR in low fat dairy products? If your trying to avoid unnecessary sugar, you need to avoid the low-fat/non-fat dairy products.
  • I am a vegetarian, so I don't eat any meat. As far as milk, Silk Pure Coconut is my current favorite. My husband only eats beef that has been fed grass and free-range chickens. He stopped eating lunch meat after realizing how many nitrates and other unhealthy ingredients contained in the meat. Our chiropractor told us about how milk is taken away from baby cows, and then I read on another website that milk is full of pus and hormones. When I used to drink milk, it always upset my stomach.
    I'm really thinking about leaving SparkPeople. The guides are .... rubbish. Enriched whole wheat poison ? Wheat itself blocks nitritions absorbtion by the body. Spikes blood sugar like any other wheat. 0% milk is even worst than water ( taste is the same ). I eat about 70g of fat daily and nothing processed. Everything in this guide is processed and unhealthy.
    The best choice is obvious. Stop eating cereals in the morning. Unnecceary amount of milk, unnecessary amount of cereals. Eat something better from the morning.
  • Part of the "fat-free" hoax that has swept the country. If I choose a "butter" for taste, give me REAL butter; if I buy Cream Cheese, give me REAL Cream cheese,,,, check the ingredients of low fat or no fat and you will see a list of ingredients that you can't pronounce! No Thanks! Love all the comments! Get educated folks: get the book Fats That Heal and Fats That Kill.....
    What a rational, realistic, and helpful idea, Sarah! We need real-life yardsticks for choosing the right food(s) in our day-to-day lives, and these charts are a very workable way of doing so - thanks!
  • I would love to see more of a focus on foods that are minimally processed instead of "enriched" or "light." From everything I read, the more "whole" the food is, the better it is for us.
  • It seems to me that this article, while reviewed by a nutritionist for health, needed to be reviewed by someone who argues against highly processed foods. With the exception of the deli meats, everything has been processed so much that it resembles nothing like it once was. I agree with all of the comments here about fat in milk/dairy. People NEED it and the problem for most people with weight issues is the sheer volume that we take in. Lets not change our eating habits, Oh No, that would make sense. Lets encourage people to eat as much of the 0 Fat dairy products that don't satisfy our hunger as they would like (just not over calories!) and "Light" bread, another industry constructed word that lets people feel better about eating more than they should because its "Light" instead of the lesser processed regular bread which actually sates.

    As for buying whole wheat pasta with Omega-3's...How about encouraging the eating of Wild salmon with the whole wheat pasta instead of yet another highly processed food with something in it that no Chinese or Italian pasta maker in history would have touched?

    How about an article that discusses the MERITS of whole grains, whole fats and whole foods in general over their "Light" and "Low Fat/No Fat" counterparts? People lived healthy, full lives for thousands of years eating real, whole foods and it would be wonderful to see Spark acknowledge this.
  • Another article pushing fat free- all wrong. There is scientific evidence that cholesterol comes from things like highly refined carbs- and not so much saturated fat. The fat in dairy (organic of course) and egg yolks are highly nutritious. And this is why people quit diets, is because they cut out out too much fat, feel like crap, and can't stick with it.

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