Most canned soups and snack foods contain a ton of MSG. I read labels carefully.
2/18/2014 6:32:55 AM
can i ask something: the article starts that people should also look into the central areas of the supermarket for healthy treats. i dont know where, but all supermarkets i know tend to have frozen vegetables and fruits along the outside isles, not the central part. even Lidl only keeps such chilled meat in the central areas but the frozen food such as meat and vegetables are again towards the side isles. i also like shopping for tinned goods and i think that this rule of shopping along the outer isles is misleading. one can get unehalthy stuff there as well as inside. perhaps more useful rule would be not to buy the stuff that is displayed at the eye level, or at the child eye level as these are occupied by advertised products, usually not too healthy for us and the children. the supermarket own brands are also often healthier and of course cheaper than those advertised ones. dont forget that it is the customer who pays for the million pounds/dollars expenses for the adverts.
Canned vegetable items could be OK if additional care is taken, such as rinsing vegetables to remove excess sodium in the liquids. As for canned soups, including those listed as organic or natural, there is almost always going to be a lot of sodium, sugar or fat for flavoring or as a preservative.
1/18/2014 8:38:26 AM
I beg to differ with the soup suggestion. Most of the commercial soups like Campbell's (even their Chunky soups) and store brand soups have MSG in them.
I love beans and lentils; they are a great way to upgrade a not-so-healthy can of ravioli into a nearly healthy meal. Throw in one or two sliced carrots and it's a downright respectable meal!
And frozen berries are a staple - no peeling, washing, cleaning, just mix into oats or yogurt.
My quickest soup goes "vegetable broth + creamed tomatoes". I like the ideas of having a variety of soups at home, but I don't like what I usually see in the shops - to many additives, too much sodium for my taste.
Great article - thank you! I think many of us have gone through feeling guilty because time and money don't always allow us to buy 100% fresh ingredients. That doesn't mean that we don't need to watch what we're buying and still incorporate as many fresh fruits and veggies as possible, but you can integrate these into your diet as well.
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