You’ve probably heard the advice to “shop around the edges of the supermarket.” There’s some truth to this. You’ll find fresh produce, meats, eggs and many other whole foods stocked around the perimeter of the market. But this piece of advice has its limitations. If you want good cooking oils, whole grains, dried herbs, spices, beans, nuts and seeds, you usually need to venture into the actual aisles of the supermarket.
This is where things get tricky.
Within the aisles of the supermarket, you’ll probably find an “organic” section, but most everything is in a box. There’s a gluten free section, which won’t necessarily have healthier options. And then there are literally hundreds of packaged items with phrases like “natural,” “sugar free” and “whole grain” slapped onto their boxes.
Let’s cut through the confusion. Here’s a field guide to food buzzwords that may be lying to you: Continue reading