GlowGenics-ly Aware Food Shopping Tips
Fortunately, companies like GlowGenics are trustworthy. If only all shopping was made this simple. We have compiled a short list of consumer friendly tips that will make your life much more enjoyable.
As we embark on this journey of understanding, it should be understood grocery stores are designed to make sure you spend as much money as possible. There is actually a rhyme and a reason to the placement of literally every single item on the shelf.
-James Goetz (New Jersey)
Something Smells Fishy
It should also be understood that grocery stores are not necessarily the most honest. For example, 33% of fish sold in the US is mislabeled (Source: Oceana). Almost all red snapper is a fish that is not red snapper. 84% of tuna was actually escolar, a fish that has been known to cause diarrhea in humans. None the less, it was not tuna. Farm raised fish are being labeled as wild caught. This is dishonesty insanity at it's peak. Fortunately, there is always good news to be found in the world. There are some stores, such as Whole Foods Market, that hold themselves to higher sourcing standards so you as the consumer know what you are purchasing.
Bulking Up To Less Money
You may have realized that when you buy in bulk, your unit pricing is lower than buying single pack items. Do you honestly use all of the items though? If you have to end up throwing out four out of the five pounds of popcorn you just purchased due to molding, your price may have actually been more expensive buying in bulk than paying the retail price for a lesser amount.
Is Bigger Better?
Do You Buy in Bulk?
Keep Your Eyes Down There
When you look at items on the grocery store shelf, where do you look? Supermarkets believe you look straight ahead. Food companies bet on this as well by paying supermarkets for placement in this location. If you divide shelves up into thirds, the most expensive items are located in the middle third. The least expensive are on the lower third of shelves. It's okay to squat down for your groceries. You may end up with tones glutes and a thicker billfold as a result.
Hug a Tree-t Yourself
A 2015 American Marketing Study determined that shoppers who brought reusable bags with them were 7% more likely to buy junk food as opposed to those who opted instead to use store bags. In other words, 7% of people rewarded their sweet tooth because they did their part to #savetheearth. A little self control and internal pride will go a very long way.
Snack It Up To Health
Did you know that by eating a healthy snack (milk and cookies is not a healthy snack by the way), shoppers will fill their carts with 25% more fruits and vegetables as a result? A 2013 study conducted at Cornell confirms this and now you do know this.
Conveyor belts are breading grounds for bacteria, mold and yeast. Food safety scientist, Zhinong Yan, PhD tested 100 conveyor belts for these substances. All 100 conveyor belts tested positive for all of them. One such bacterial strain was staph aureas, a very aggressive strain of bacteria. Thoroughly washing your fruits and vegetables with an organic, non-toxic soap would be a responsible way for you to keep your family safe. Hypoallergenic Organic Baby's Glow could actually be used as an excellent choice of an off- label soap for this purpose.
Let's Go Shopping
Wherever You Go
These are just a few tips I've picked up along the way. Hopefully they can keep you stay healthier in both body and mind.