As a general rule of thumb, the perimeter of a grocery store has healthier, fresher, and less processed food items. Most foods – some still have hidden sugars like pre-made salad dressings and sauces – are healthy and fresh.
The middle aisles carry more processed foods such as chips, crackers, packaged cookies, condiments which tend to be high in sodium. These typically contain preservatives which are a chemical or additives to keep them on the shelves longer – shelf stable products to last longer.1
Although, not all middle aisles are bad. There are whole grain pastas, rice, canned and dried beans, canned tomato products (just watch out for sodium), broth and stock, nuts, seeds, spices, seasonings – still being essential grocery items.2Read More