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Good Question: Why could grocery store layout be bad for your health?


When many of us head to the grocery we often have a list.

We get what we need, but do you ever take notice of the aisles you frequent more often than others?

An easy shopping strategy could help you eat better.

Good Question: Why could grocery store layout be bad for your health?

Round and round you go!

Stay to the outside of the grocery store and you'll eat better.

"There is some logic to that because on the periphery of the grocery store, there are very good foods such as the produce aisle, how fabulous is that going to be, and the lean meat," said Joan Salge Blake, a professor of nutrition.

Usually you'll find fresh fish and low fat dairy options too.

Shopping with a stores layout in mind makes sense to shoppers.

The inside of the store is packed with highly processed foods says Blake.

Often times foods found there have long lists of ingredients.

Blake says when you shop in the middle, pay attention.

"you do have the nutrition fact panel which should be your guide. Its your tip off of the nutrients you are getting per serving, and also you have the ingredient list," says Blake.

There can be some good hiding in the middle of the store, if you look Blake says.

"Look at all your whole grain breads, your whole grain cereals, brown rice, and of course my favorite is the frozen food aisle because of all the frozen fruits and vegetables," says Blake.

And on the periphery, remember there are traps, like the bakery!

And always remember-where you push that cart does make a big difference.

Nutrition experts say another tip is look for products with fewer than six ingredients, that's an indicator they are less processed.


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