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11/2/08

Sharp Advice: Making Healthy Grocery Store Choices

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For some, grocery shopping may be a mundane task, but making good choices at the grocery store can keep you on track for a healthy lifestyle. That is the subject of this week's Sharp Advice with former Lady Raider Coach Marsha Sharp.

The first step in making good shopping choices is to fill most of your grocery basket with fresh foods.

Meghan Gandy, an Outpatient Dietician at Covenant, says "Stay on the outer sides of the grocery store where the fresh produce, fresh fruit and vegetable sections are, filling most of your shopping cart with these healthy items."

Another tip is select low-fat dairy products and lean cuts of meat that are fresh.

"Something to keep in mind, if it has round or loin in the name, it's more than likely a lean meat. So sirloins, tenderloins, pork tenderloin are very lean cuts of meat. The center cuts of pork chops are also lean. As far as ground beef goes, you want to go with either a 96/4 percent or a 93/7 percent fat ratio," says Gandy.

For those with a sweet tooth, dieticians recommend steering clear of the baked goods an the grocery store.

Gandy advices, "For diabetics, angel food cake is a great choice, because it is pretty low on carbohydrates. That way they can eat a little more, and it's low on fat too."

And if grocery shopping is overwhelming for you, plan your meals for the week and create a shopping list. This will save you time and prevent you from having to run back to the store for missing items, as well as cut out the actual shopping time.

From your friends at Covenant Health System, I am Marsha Sharp reminding you that when it comes to good health, the ball is in your court.

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