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Here are a few easy tips to help you eat healthier right now – from Michael Pollan, author of “In Defense of Food”:
#1: If you can’t grow it, or can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Potatoes obviously come from the ground, and eggs come from hens… But where do Pop-Tarts come from? If your best guess is “Aisle 7,” pass ‘em up!
#2: Don’t buy food where you can buy gas. It’s tempting to save time by grabbing groceries at the gas pump, or at a store where you can get a giant box of cereal and a lawn chair. But a survey by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that convenience stores charge a lot more for nutritious food than supermarkets do, like fresh produce and milk… Which means, if you “multi-shop” at one location, you’re more likely to buy cheaper, less-healthy foods.
#3: Remember, there’s no fruit in “fruit flavor.” On food packages, the word “flavor” means it was stripped of its real taste, and something artificial was substituted.
Finally: Don’t drink your dessert. Vitamin waters and energy drinks may sound healthy, but they’re really just sweetened water packed with calories. Bottom line: If it’s not skim milk, plain water, or regular coffee or tea, consider it a treat.