5+ Rules for Grocery Shopping

When it comes to shopping for groceries, it’s tough to make good decisions. Enter Marion Nestle — nutritionist, author, and food hero — and her 5 rules for buying good groceries.

She just shared a French infographic and its English translation — Marion Nestle’s 5 Rules at the Supermarket — courtesy of Bernard Lavallée’s fascinating website Le Nutritionniste Urbain. Check ‘em out, commit them to memory, and keep them in mind the next time you shop.

Marion Nestle's Supermarket Rules

Bonus Grocery Shopping Tips

In addition to Ms. Nestle’s rules, consider 4 more tips gleaned from research and writing over the years…

1. Shop mostly from the outer walls of your grocery store. That’s where the real foods are while processed foods dominate the inside shelves. (Inspiration from Michael Pollan.)

2. Don’t buy foods that won’t rot at some point. And this isn’t dictated by expiration dates, which we know mean next to nothing, especially on processed foods. (Also Pollan wisdom.)

3. When in doubt, Fooducate yourself. Fooducate is a nifty little app you use to scan a product’s barcode to learn how good it is (or is not) for you and your family.

4. Buy from your local farmers market whenever possible. The food will be more nutritious and delicious and your money stays in your community.

If you want to learn more about how to shop for good groceries, I think you will thoroughly enjoy Ms. Nestle’s book What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating.

And Now for Something Completely Different…

Now that I’ve discovered Le Nutritionniste Urbain, I’ll be following its leader Bernard Lavallée, a Montreal nutritionist, blogger, broadcaster, and science writer. The website is in French, but using Google Chrome, you can click that little “Translate” button to get a relatively well-translated English version. The site boasts some fantastic infographics proving pictures really do speak louder than words. I can understand most of the content based on the graphics alone. Can you decipher this one?

Omega 3 Content of Foods

Kind of fun learning about nutrition while boning up on your French at the same time! Do you have other rules you follow while shopping for groceries?

Infographics courtesy of Food Politics and Le Nutritionniste Urbain

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Christine Jones
Christine Jones5 months ago

Pity it's just too easy to be tempted by the less healthy foods.

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompsonabout a year ago

6. When it doubt, don't buy!

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Hent catalina - mariaabout a year ago


Jonathan Harper
Jonathan Harperabout a year ago


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Sarah Hillabout a year ago


Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla1 years ago


Barb Hansen
Barb Hansen1 years ago


Borg Drone
Borg Drone1 years ago


Marie W.
Marie W.1 years ago

Buy from your local farmers market best one.

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey1 years ago

You forgot the very most important ones.

1. NEVER shop on an empty stomach.

2. When you are not hungry in the store you can stick to your shopping list a lot more than when your hungry. ALWAYS stick to your list.

Stores are set up to distract you from what you really came for (milk, cat food) and leads you into the bakery section with all those wonderful smells and through the cookie aisle just to get to the milk always in the back corner of the store.