We eat products like fruit, eggs, and bread almost every day but we may not be picking products of good quality. Bright colored packing and promising slogans can often distract our focus on what really matters. It’s better to know some tips and tricks on how to get the best products from a grocery store because our health depends on it.
1. Eggs shouldn’t be powdery
Each time before you buy eggs, open a box and do a visual examination. Sliminess may be an indication of the presence of bacteria. If the eggs are powdery it may usually indicate mold.
2. Determine the pack date and the expiration date
Sometimes for a pack date, they usually use the Julian calendar, so it shows a chronological number like 210 or 360. If you see just only one date on a any product, it’s more likely to be just an expiration date, you can find one more set of numbers from the (Julian calendar) if you really want to find out when the food was produced.
3. Don’t pay attention to phrases like (all-natural) on a package
4. Ignore attractive colors on food packaging
It turns out that a product’s color can influence our decision making process and the perception of the product. For example, if it’s white/green, we are more likely to think that it could be organic. Try to not put your focus on colors and concentrate on just ingredients. If you see a list of added preservatives and flavors , the chance of it being organic is quit less likely.
5. It’s not enough to see (multigrain) written on a bread’s packaging.
Be sure that your bread is 100 percent whole wheat or 100 percent whole grain. If (wheat bread) or (multigrain bread) is usually written on the packaging, it’s good to keep searching for other better options. The grains can be simply refined and most of them can lose 78 percent of their vitamins, healthy fiber, and minerals during their milling process. You can be more sure that multigrain bread is good only when you do cook it yourself.
6. If (no sugar) is written on the packaging, it can still have natural sugar
When we pick a juice to purchase, we love seeing (no sugar added) written on the package, but we don’t check the nutrition informations on the back. And this may come as a big surprise to you: it may contain 25 to 26 grams of natural sugar per cup. That’s too much! The normal amount is about 77 grams per day. So, if you’re trying to keep a good and healthy diet and not overdose on sugar intake, don’t pay attention to (sugar-free) phrasing.
7. Check the texture of beef
There are a few steps to go through to find a pretty good cut of beef:
- 1) examine the color. Fresh beefs usually should contain creamy white fat streaks. Don’t be shy or afraid to ask a butcher to show it to you. If there is any brown or grey color on the cut, don’t take it.
- 2) Beef shouldn’t be quit sticky. Don’t cook it even if the scent and color seem fine.
8. Check if chicken skin is transparent
We may pay more attention to the color of chicken in general, but we ignore an important thing which the condition of the skin. The most important thing is that it shouldn’t be transparent or grey. This simply means that it’s not pretty fresh and has been sitting in the store for a quit while.
9. Control the cucumber’s color before buying them
The best cucumbers are those that appear dark green or greenish.White and yellow parts are not credible. Additionally, a good cucumber is not too thick, and shouldn’t look dry, it is very hard.
10. Take bananas only if they have tails
Don’t buy bananas without tails just to save 4 grams. There are many different bacteria in supermarkets that can go inside the banana through this hole. Otherwise, you’d need to cut and through a piece of it, but it wouldn’t save much money.