4 grocery shopping myths debunked

November 3, 2015

Four grocery shopping myths debunked

Here are some tips for clearing up common grocery misconceptions about things like brown eggs, frozen vegetables and wheat bread.

4 grocery shopping myths debunked

1. Brown vs white eggs

White eggs are just as nutritious as brown eggs. The colour has no effect on the nutritional value. Rather, it indicates the colour of the bird's feathers. White hens lay white eggs, and red hens lay brown eggs. Grocers often sell brown eggs for a higher price because people think they're more nutritious. But you can purchase the less expensive white eggs without worrying about sacrificing on nutrition.

2. The best container for milk

Many people believe that milk from glass bottles not only tastes better but is better for you. The reality is, however, that opaque containers are better for milk because they do a better job of protecting the milk's riboflavin. Riboflavin is a B vitamin that easily breaks down when exposed to light. So save money by leaving the glass containers on the shelf.

3. Fresh or frozen produce

There is no doubt that fresh fruits and vegetables are healthy, but many people don't realize that frozen fruits and vegetables are even healthier than fresh. That's because they're picked and processed for freezing at their peak ripeness, when they are most nutrient-rich. Fresh fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, are picked before they are ripe, so they are not given the chance to develop all of their healthy nutrients. Also, as a part of the freezing process, produce is blanched in hot water or steam, which kills harmful bacteria, and the flash freezing locks in the nutrients. Fresh produce is not only more expensive than frozen, but it also goes bad quickly, so purchasing frozen fruits and vegetables is both smart and healthy.

4. Whole wheat

Not all brown-coloured bread and crackers are healthy. Just because the label says "multi-grain" or "cracked wheat" doesn't mean that the product is made from whole wheat. In fact, many of these products are made with enriched flour. The only way to be sure that you're purchasing a whole wheat product is to read the ingredients and look for the terms "whole" or "whole-grain" preceding the grain's name.

Saving money while feeding your family a healthy diet can be challenging, but busting common grocery myths will help you feel confident about your supermarket purchases.


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