You should be shopping mostly from the produce section and the store edges because fruits, vegetables, fresh food are ideal for maintaining healthy body weight, an efficient digestive system, and a thriving heart.
It is not news that most Americans don’t consume enough fruits and vegetables, nor is it news that they are so good for you! Yet, according to the U.S. Department of Health 9 out of 10 Americans aren’t meeting their minimums of 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables in their daily diets (for a 2000 daily calorie intake goal). Most of us know vegetables are good for you, especially in the long run but so is whole fruit that is found in the produce section or frozen whole, with no added sugar. Eating fruit whole instead of in a juice or jam helps keep sugar-stabilizing fiber in the equation – while keeping sugar reasonable.
If you think about it, most grocery stores are designed with refrigerated, perishable goods on the edges. Some might put the dairy sections in a middle aisle, but for the most part, against the walls is where the freshest ingredients usually live. These parts of the store are where you should do most of your shopping from and the produce section is the healthiest! The middle aisles are where the most processed, preserved and added unhealthy fats can be found. You should limit shopping in these sections except for whole grains, flash-frozen veggies/fruits, and other healthy essentials.
Countless research studies have proven a proper diet lowers your risk of chronic disease so eat your fruits & veggies as much as you can. Make a grocery list and eat a healthy meal before your next shopping trip to ensure you make good decisions in the store!