How to Be a Conscientious Food Shopper

Eating healthy and stretching food dollars in the grocery store are equally important goals when grocery shopping, which can make filling the pantry somewhat of a challenge. Changing packaging and new food classifications can make food shopping confusing, so learn how to be a conscientious food shopper to shop smart and eat healthy.


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    Avoid shopping when you're hungry. Be a smart food shopper by not shopping on an empty stomach. Grocery shopping when you're hungry will make you more susceptible to impulse buying and giving into the temptation of candy or junk food. You'll be distracted more easily so you won't pay as much attention to prices or label information.
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    Buy organic. Be a conscientious food shopper by buying organically grown produce and meat products whenever possible. Organic products tend to be a little more expensive than mass-produced items, but they contain fewer pesticides and chemicals and produce fewer waste byproducts, making them healthy alternatives for you and the environment.
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    Be aware of marketing ploys. Be a conscientious grocery shopper by watching out for packaging and labeling designed to lure you into purchasing a product. Many companies have started putting nature scenes or earth tones on their labels to make their products seem more organic or earth-friendly without changing anything about the actual product. Read labels carefully to determine if there have been any healthy changes made to the products.
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    Read the labels. Know what you're buying by taking the time to read and compare food labels. Compare nutrient content and be aware of the amount of additives and chemical preservatives, as well as the cost per ounce per package. All of this information contributes to the overall nutritional value of the food and the economical value of the purchase, allowing you to make healthier choices based on ingredients and the best value.
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    Purchase locally-produced groceries. Buy groceries that have been grown or produced in your state or town. Locally grown groceries are often cheaper, because the costs to ship them are lower. They also include fewer chemical preservatives since they get from the farm to the store in a shorter period.
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    Support sustainable food growers. Sustainable food producers focus on growing food with as little negative impact as possible on the environment or the consumer by growing food seasonally. Supporting sustainable food when you shop or eat out helps increase public awareness of these food sources and gives you a local healthy alternative.
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    Consider shopping in bulk. Join a bulk shopping warehouse or club and purchase your basics from there. Buying in bulk for necessities like toilet paper or breakfast cereal is often cheaper than buying these items individually at the grocery store. It is also better for the environment, because bulk packaged products often contain less waste packaging material than items in the grocery store.

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