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Minimize highly processed packaged foods

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Food processing has provided many foods that are consistent with healthy eating, among them whole-grain pasta, canned beans, baby carrots, frozen fruits and vegetables, 100% whole wheat sandwich bread, and 100% orange juice, to name just a few. On the other hand, many highly processed foods are less nutritious and are often high in sodium, fats, and sugar. Grain-based desserts, like cookies, cakes, pastries and donuts, are the leading source of calories and a major source of saturated fat and added sugars in the diets of Americans of all ages7.

Lose the Wrapper

  • When choosing between two packaged products, look for those made with fewer ingredients and less sodium (less than 5% of the Daily Value, or DV).
  • Choose food in its nature-made form. Eat chicken instead of chicken nuggets, strawberries instead of strawberry-flavored cereal bars, and fish instead of fish sticks.
  • Limit frozen convenience meals (TV dinners).
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Consumers spend the biggest share of their food dollars on sugar, sweets, fats and oils, nonalcoholic beverages, and many prepared foods.