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Heart Health Begins at the Supermarket

December 14, 2011

When you are shopping at the supermarket, you may be overwhelmed by the endless choices of food surrounding you. With so many different types of food available, it can be difficult for you to know which ones are good for your health. If you want to have a healthy heart, it is essential that you purchase the right food products in the supermarket. Choosing heart healthy foods does not only benefit your health; it can also reduce your children’s risk of developing heart problems in the future.

Here are tips on how to do heart-smart shopping at the supermarket:

Plan Your Meals

Read nutrition labels to determine heart healthy foods While you should try to be as creative as possible with your meals, it is important that you use only ingredients that are beneficial to your health. By planning your meals, you will know exactly what ingredients you need to purchase.

Make a Shopping List

When making a shopping list, you should list the foods that you wish to purchase under different categories. Doing so will enable you to find the food products you need more quickly, and avoid buying unhealthy foods that you did not plan to buy.

Eat Before You Shop

When you are hungry, you will most likely end up buying more food than you planned. Eating before you shop will help you stick to your shopping list.

Limit your Shopping Time

Try not to spend too much time in the supermarket. The longer you are there, the higher the chance that you will buy things that are not in your shopping list.

Buy Products with the Heart-Check Mark of the American Heart Association

Choose food products that carry the heart-check mark of the American Heart Association. These products contain less cholesterol and saturated fat, and they meet the healthy eating requirements of the American Heart Association.

Read Nutrition Labels

Try to read the nutrition labels on the food products you wish to purchase. This will help you choose products that are good for your heart and overall health.