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5 Grocery Items You Should Have in Your Shopping Cart

There’s been such varied opinions and advice on what’s healthy and what’s not when it comes to food we should all be eating. So, don’t go nuts trying to figure out what you should pull out from the supermarket shelves and into your shopping cart. The following items culled from the vast experience of the nutrition professionals might help:

1)    Choose products that are organic. Those that are not organically grown and produced are usually covered with pesticides, and pesticides, as we know them are designed to kill things. Ergo, chances are that they won’t be doing us any good. Organic food generally has fewer, if any pesticides. It has typically higher levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are key to keeping our body healthy.

2)    Go for the dark green vegetables. These dark green-colored ones are the types loaded with vitamins and minerals. The paler the vegetable as in iceberg lettuce, the less quality vitamins and nutrition they’ve got.

3)    Pick up the fruits with lower sugar levels. Too much sugar, even if it comes from fruits isn’t good for you. That’s because too much sugar contributes to weight gain. But, let’s not take anything away from fruits. They bring us lots of benefits. Let’s just go for those with less sugar. These would include strawberries and raspberries which are also particularly high in antioxidants.

4)    If meat is a regular home menu, get the grass-fed meat. Why? Because a cow’s natural diet is grass, not grain Those farm animals which are fed grain to fatten them quickly would have a higher fat content in their bodies. In contrast, the naturally, grass fed cows would have not only lower fat content but that it is quite rich in healthy fats good for the people consuming them such as Omega 3.

5)    Choose items laden with lots of Omega 3 fats. Omega 3 fats are pretty important for health. They help keep the heart healthy, your joints supple and your immune system working in top shape. Not having enough of it, on the other hand could lead to a wide range of health problems like dry skin and obesity. Where do you find omega 3 fats? Mackerel, sardines and herring. Likewise, good sources would be salmon and tuna, plus as earlier cited, grass-fed meat.

The whole idea when you go shopping for groceries is to keep in mind that you’d be doing your and your family’s health a great favor by avoiding food that’s no longer what it started out as, or those which are the products of a chemist.

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-BS Pharm, PharmD, RPh

Dr. Paul Zickler is a graduate of the University of Wester Ontario in 1972. After graduating from the faculty of medicine, Dr. Zickler practiced as an Emergency Physician for 18 years. He has then operated ambulatory medical and travel clinics for 12 years. Dr. Zickler has become an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of British Columbia, a Director of Professional Programs for the Justice Institute of British Columbia (paramedic academy), a principal investigator for Phase 2 and 3 studies researching vaccines, and a founding member of the Canadian International Pharmacy Association. Dr. Zickler is passionate about combining western prescription medicine and natural medicines.

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