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Healthy Ideas:
Our Healthy Ideas tag makes it easy to find healthy foods when you shop. We looked at the things that matter to all of us—calories, fat, cholesterol, and sodium—and came up with a way to rate foods based on FDA and USDA guidelines. We also made sure that every Healthy Ideas food has at least 10% of the daily recommended amount of one nutrient, such as Calcium or Vitamin C. You can find the green and white Healthy Ideas symbol on thousands of foods throughout the store.
Gluten Free:
A food is gluten free if it doesn’t contain wheat, barley or rye. Some people with a condition called Celiac Disease can’t eat gluten, so they need to follow a gluten free diet. Companies make gluten free version of foods that normally contain gluten like bread and pasta. Many other foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, meat, nuts and beans are naturally gluten free. We have shelf tags in our stores that point out which products are gluten free to make shopping easier for people who need to follow a gluten free diet.
Organic farming does not use chemical pesticides (insect killers) or fertilizers that can harm land, water or the health of humans and wildlife. Organic foods are made without artificial ingredients or preservatives. But just because a food is organic doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Organic foods can still be high in calories and fat. You can tell if a food is organic by looking for the USDA Organic symbol on the packaging.
Whole Grains vs. Refined Grains:
Grain kernels have three parts – the bran, germ and endosperm. Whole grains contain all three parts of the grain kernel, providing you with important fiber, vitamins and minerals. Refined grains don’t contain the bran or germ part of the kernel – these parts are taken out during processing. This means that foods made with refined grains don’t contain some of the fiber, healthy fats, protein and important vitamins and minerals your body needs. You should try to make at least half your grains whole grains. Look for whole wheat or whole grain as the first ingredient of breads, cereals, crackers and more to help you find nutritious whole grain foods!
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