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Smarter Living: Shopping healthier and smarter

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As part of WNCN's new "Smarter Living" series, Sharon Tazewell looked at healthier eating and shopping by visiting a local supermarket with Rex Wellness dietician Shelly Wegman.

While many of us try to eat healthier, labels can be deceiving and products that might sound healthy turn out to be not so healthy and in some cases, downright unhealthy.

When it comes to healthy eating, eat as many vegetables as you'd like. They're loaded with antioxidants and minerals, so the more you eat, the better. There is a catch, though.

"Broccoli is really good for you, but if you drown it in cheese sauce, you're losing the value," Wegman said.

Wegman suggests picking a vegetable you've never tried before every time you go grocery shopping.

"Talk to the people in the produce section. If they pick up something you've never cooked before, ask, 'can I ask you what you do with that?'"

Wegman also suggests that shoppers be aware of just how unhealthy some cereals can be. Less than 6 grams of sugar and at least 6 grams of fiber is a good rule of thumb when it comes to cereal. Keep in mind that a teaspoon of sugar is four grams of sugar.

"If you're looking on a label and the label says 18 grams of sugar, that's the equivalent of over three teaspoons of sugar per serving," Wegman said.

Some other tips from Wegman include always going for extra virgin olive oil and avoiding "light" olive oil. Light olive oil only means light tasting or light color, not lower calories.

Wegman also recommends buying whole wheat bread and not just wheat, avoiding packaged food just because of the convenience and looking at the fat calories when buying ground meat.

For more tips, check out the video above. If you'd like to tour a local grocery store with a Rex Wellness dietician just like Sharon Tazewell did, you can get more information here.

Sharon Tazewell

Sharon anchors WNCN Today weekday mornings starting at 4:30! Her background has helped mold her into an outstanding journalist and a perfect fit for our community. Sharon's also a trained pianist and a member of NABJ. More>>

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