Like most Sundays, it included a trip to the local grocery story to prep for the week ahead. While I’ve been shopping around the perimeter for as long as I can remember, I wondered if this was common knowledge. Does everyone follow this basic rule?
Did you know?
Most grocery stores are laid out the same way. The fresh produce department and non-dairy fridges are all located around the outside of the store. These sections offer the most natural, unprocessed foods whereas the centre aisles generally have products with more unnatural and processed ingredients.
Grocery Shopping Tip
The perimeter is where you should spend most of your time if you want to stock your fridge with fresher, generally healthier foods. Sources suggest that this will help you control the calories, salt and fat in your diet. You will also avoid sugary or salty snack foods. Staying to the perimeter and keeping unhealthy foods out of sight can help keep them out of mind – and out of your home.
Although the outside aisles are where I spend most of my time, the odd trip to the centre can benefit you. Beans, whole-wheat pasta, brown rice, oatmeal, canned fruits and veggies, nuts and seeds, and spices are usually located in the inner aisles. If you’re going in, make sure you know what you want, and try not to start wondering.
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