Here are three grocery store items to watch out for:
1.) Packaging that states “healthy” or “natural”. If you are monitoring your weight, one “healthy” snack may contain over 400 calories! Read the label to find out what is really in the package and how many calories it contains.
2.) Be careful about paying more for a product stating “healthful” or “high fiber”. When checking other products similar, you may find these products have the exact same amount of calories, carbohydrates, proteins, fats and fiber, yet cost less.
3.) Monitor “reduced fat” and “sugar free” products. Other additives, such as fat, may cause the “sugar free” product to have more calories than the original product, or the “reduced fat” may have more flavorings and additives to cause it to be higher in calories than the original.
A good example of a product whose “reduced fat” product is the same as the original, is peanut butter. When purchasing “reduced fat” peanut butter, it has the same amount of calories as regular peanut butter, and yes, there is less fat, but more additives have been added causing the carbohydrate count to go up, which can be bad news for individuals monitoring their blood sugar.
Be a wise shopper and read the Facts up Front or Nutrition Facts on grocery store products!