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Make smart choices for canned, boxed, and bagged foods.

"I like the convenience of packaged foods, but I'm told they're unhealthy."

  • Choose foods made from ingredients that you can picture in their raw state or growing in nature. If you see something you can’t pronounce and think was made in a lab, look out.
  • Don’t be fooled by big health claims on a package. Health claims such as “low-fat” can distract you from something less healthy such as high sugar or sodium.
  • Avoid foods with sugar listed in the first three ingredients. Look out for hidden added sugars.
  • Look for 100% whole grain foods; find this label or the word “whole” in the first ingredient (whole oats, whole wheat, whole corn).
Try This

This week, try one recipe that uses your favorite canned, boxed, or bagged foods. 

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