Every one of us wants to be fit, healthy, and live a long active life, right? But the question is how one can achieve that. In today’s hustle and bustle of the world, people can hardly take out time for their loved ones than for their own selves. In a busy life, people are so submerged and pressured with work and stress that they hardly give any notice to their health. People eat anything they can get their hands on without giving a second thought to the ingredients, to know if it’s healthy for them or not. Many restaurants and food service companies are turning back the clock to the time when food was simple, fresh and natural. Chemicals and genetic modification was not even a thought. Operation Falafel, Arabic food is a one such company striving to bring back the tradition of the safest, most hygienic street food as healthy as it is tasty.
Nowadays, it is a common ploy. You walk down the aisles of the grocery store and are bombarded with all natural, organic and immunity boosting claims on boxes after boxes of foods. With so many enthusiastic labels shouting out, how can one tell which foods are healthy and which ones are nutritional nightmares?
To solve this dilemma that we are faced with almost everyday, I have compiled 8 tips that can help you to choose healthy, hygienic and clean food. Here goes:
- Study the ingredient list
The ingredient list of the products is very important as it shows whether the food you are about to buy and later consume, contains unnatural or unhealthy ingredients. There are hundreds, maybe thousands of unhealthy ingredients on the market. You need to make sure that the food you are going to buy has a list of healthy ingredients imprinted on it. Of course, it is impossible to remember all of them. So, you can search about them on the internet. Well, thank God for that.
- Buy organic food
When you are buying food, try to opt only for natural, whole, and unprocessed foods as the foundation of your diet, as they are considered to be healthy. Some of the choices you can choose from are; organic vegetables, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, and dairy. Choosing the right and healthy cooking oils should be your top priorities. Olive oil is the most recognized oil for its heart health benefits. You can also choose to buy foods that are locally grown and in season, as often as possible.
- Opt for whole grains products
When you are looking for healthy food, you should buy foods that contain whole grains or whole grain products that have at least, 2 grams of fiber per serving as opposed to other white-flour goods that have less than 1 gram in them. You should also avoid products with hydrogenated fat, as they are not natural and are actually dangerous for ones’ health.
- Avoid products laced with chemicals
You need to make sure that you avoid products that are laced with chemicals as their continuous intake can be very dangerous for your health. Avoid products that are high in sodium as they can cause high blood pressure, putting you at the risk of a heart disease, stroke or kidney problems. You should opt for fresh, all natural foods and products with the least amount of sodium in them.
- Purchase food with real ingredients
You can purchase packaged foods that contain real food ingredients in them as opposed to the ones that have preservatives, additives and dyes in them. This also means choosing foods with the least amount of sodium and choosing foods with ingredients you can actually pronounce. You should also buy frozen fruits and vegetables instead of canned ones as they are considered healthier. Avoid products with artificial ingredients, e.g. food coloring, preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Though generally, these ingredients have been recognized as safe, they are controversial and not natural either.
- Choose fresh fruits and vegetables
Vegetables and fruits are healthy, hygienic and safe but only when they are “fresh”. These products are the most health promoting area of any grocery store. You can’t possibly make a poor fruit or vegetable choice as they all contain various vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are essential for ones’ health. Yet some are considered super-foods because of their high antioxidant levels. Berries, cherries, apples, beans and potatoes are chock full of cancer-fighting, anti-inflammatory, radical free fighting antioxidants.
- Ask your elders
We can always ask our elders for advice. E.g. which foods to choose, which not to, which will benefit our health to the fullest, which will be harmful for us? Of course, they have lived in an era where fresh, healthy foods were easily available to them and were not a thing of a past. So, their advice can be very helpful in this matter.
- Establish an understanding with the food seller:
To always choose food that is healthy, hygienic and safe. You need to establish a solid understanding between yourself and the food seller as he will know about your needs and will make sure that the products are what you asked for. He will also be able to give you insight as to what you should buy and what you should avoid but for that, you will need to buy food from them often as it will result in offering better quality food to you.
The secret to choosing healthy, hygienic and safe foods lie in making the small changes. Now, is the time for fueling up with your healthful foods! Take these tips and make a list and take it with you on your next shopping trip to take the confusion out of buying foods, that whether it will be healthy, hygienic or it will be the best promote for you to live a healthy as well as a natural life.
About The Author
Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates and restaurants with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner.