The 6 Golden Rules Of A Healthy Grocery Cart

*By Kristin Kirkpatrick for U.S. News | article cited from Huffington Post

I like to think of myself as a fairly non-judgmental kind of girl. The problem is, when I’m waiting in the grocery store checkout line, that persona goes out the store’s sliding doors. As I wait for my turn, I find myself examining the contents of others’ carts, and sometimes — dare I say — I judge.

If I see a basket of cookies and cola, for example, I have to resist the urge to turn around and ask, “Why?” The same is true when I see a family wheeling a full cart — without a single vegetable or fruit. Most frustrating, though, is when I see what appears to be a well-intentioned attempt at healthiness that falls short, like a mom who buys a super sugary breakfast bar for her child, believing the claim it contains “real” fruit.

I wish I didn’t have these thoughts; I wish I didn’t even look. But I’ll chalk it up to my job and knowing that the food we choose to put in our bodies has a direct impact on our weight and disease status. Fortunately, the thoughts that go through my head stay there and never come out to a fellow shopper. I thought it was time to put these thoughts on paper.

I can’t blame my fellow shoppers: The grocery store is one of the most deceptive places out there, filled with confusing and oftentimes misleading front-of-package claims that trick people into thinking their food choices are healthy when in fact, they’re not. The store is also filled with tempting foods and lots of them. You might have 30 varieties of ice cream or 40 types of frozen dinners. It’s not the fault of the grocery store, either — it simply carries the items, and many stores today are pushing healthier options. That’s why it’s truly up to all of us to make the right choices. Here’s your simple guide to the best cart possible:  Click Here to Read More…