To minimize the guesswork of grocery shopping, Men’s Health came up with a comprehensive guide that includes selections from every supermaket aisle. It’s not a bad idea, since grocery shopping can be a tricky business whether you’re jumpstarting a health kick or maintaining one you’ve already got in place. After all, just because that muffin is fat-free doesn’t mean it’s not high in calories.
The list overlooks a few considerations though, among them sodium and sugar content. As it stands, many Americans take in too much sodium, which can lead to high blood pressure. This, in turn, can lead to an increased risk for heart disease and stroke. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, these are the leading causes of death in the United States.
Take, for example, one of the recommended items from the frozen-food aisle, Kashi’s Lemongrass Coconut Chicken. The meal comes in at a relatively low caloric value of 300. But it also contains about 28% of the suggested daily sodium intake. Meals like these can send your sodium percentage soaring if you’re not careful.
The point is, you should take broad guidelines like these with, um, a grain of salt, and always make sure you’re thinking about your own specific nutrition needs.
[via Men’s Health]