(This week’s post is brought to you by Kristen Norton! Kristen is a fellow dietitian, adventurist, creative colleague and friend. She shares with us a useful tool to untangle grocery shopping confusion via the EWG’s Food Score app/website.)
We know whole foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and meat, wild-caught fish or poultry are best for our health. The reality, is that life is really busy and there is not always time to prepare every meal from scratch. Occasionally, you find yourself strolling down the center aisles filled with packaged, convenience foods and that’s where things get murky. Sound familiar?
Yep, we’ve all been there – confused and ready to give up. Good news? Yes, The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has got our back. The same group who brings us the “Dirty Dozen” list every year now offers us a tool that can lift the fog.
EWG’s Food Scores: Rate Your Plate
A handy database to guide healthy options at the supermarket. You can find the healthiest foods based on three important criteria: nutritional value; amount of concerning ingredients like additives and preservatives; and the degree and type of processing.
With a few taps on your smartphone, a quick scan of a bar code or a couple of clicks on your home computer, Food Scores can reveal if those packaged foods are truly healthy options or junk foods in disguise. No more guessing.
Food for thought:
It’s a grocery shopping tool in your pocket!
As easy as: (1) going to the App store, (2) searching EWG Food Score and (3) install it for free.
Go to http://www.ewg.org/