15 Healthy Habits for Today, This Week and This Month
Good music every day. Making time for good friends every month. Get hooked on a few simple-sounding but always powerful new routines.
This Week: Shop Smarter at the Grocery Store
Dr. Katz says we could all improve our health on a weekly basis if we remember a few key strategies when we shop for food. Firstly, never trust the packaging. "Just because it says 'reduced fat' or 'smart choice' doesn't mean it's good for you," he says. Also, make sure to scan the ingredients. The first few listed are the most abundant, so steer clear of partially hydrogenated oils to avoid an increase in heart disease, stroke and diabetes risk. Try to stick to 3 grams of fat per serving (or per 100 calories). And fiber is your fulfilling friend. For any type of carbohydrate, you want to see at least 2 grams of fiber per serving, and ideally 3 or more.
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