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How Healthy People Shop

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Bulk Food

Stop No. 2 – Bulk Section
The bulk section is a great source of affordable healthy-eating inspiration — just one of many reasons that Wittenberg, who keeps more than 100 neatly labeled jars in her pantry, loves to linger in the bulk section. She’s also an avid shopper of interesting lentils and beans. “French lentils, black beluga lentils, Spanish lentils — we eat a different kind of lentil at least twice a week.”

Swift favors red quinoa, black rice, wild rice, amaranth, kasha and milled flaxseed. And Katz gets a range of bulk dried fruit, as well as raw almonds, walnuts, cashews, Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds — all of which go into the insulated “snack pack” he carries everywhere he goes. “I think of my snack pack as a kind of umbrella in a hostile nutritional environment,” he says.

Bulk-section tip: Look for unsulphured brands of dried fruits — they don’t look as pristine and they don’t keep as long, but they have no sulfites, a preservative that many people find disturbing to the digestive system.

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1:49PM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

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8:47AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Really interesting. Seeing a lot of habits similar to my own, so good to know I'm doing something right, though I prefer to buy from farmer's markets and health food shops.
Thanks =)

10:14AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

I hit up the farmers market once a week to get local produce. I don't buy disposable plastic anymore and bring my own mesh bags for produce. There are quite a few items even in the produce section at the supermarket that I cant buy. I have to go to a cheese shop to get my cheese wrapped in paper, and a butcher if I choose to buy meat (although I'm cutting down on both drastically) I want to eat healthy but a lot of healthier options still use too much packaging.

11:51PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

this article is very informative. In my country , i'm advised not to select fruit or vegetable which look big or nice form

11:50PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

this article is very informative. In my country , i'm advised to select fruit or vegetable which look big or nice form

8:23AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

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12:19AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

That all sounds great but I'm not sure that great-looking fruits and vegetables on stalls are grown without pesticides and are as healthy as they look.

10:37PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

Great article! It had some tips I'm gonna apply at my next trip to the grocery. ;)

3:07PM PDT on Jul 25, 2011

great. thanks.

10:59PM PDT on Jul 24, 2011

Thanks for the article, very interesting.

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