When shopping with coupons at your neighborhood supermarket, eating healthy just might be impossible. One of the biggest beefs that people have with healthy foods is that they’re just too expensive for their budget. While coupons seem like a great way to save a tremendous amount of money, I have to ask myself, maybe it’s probable that coupons are going to cost us more in the long run by using them. This might be a little puzzling to you at first; but coupon manufacturers make our highly processed foods. A lot of these foods are simple carbohydrates that use enriched white and wheat flours, which not only pack on the pounds but cause us to become hungrier. Other processed foods tend to get us hooked on sugar and sodium and use similar inexpensive ingredients that are also unhealthy for us. While most of us rationalize eating processed foods that we have become accustomed to by using the phrase “eating in moderation”, we need to be honest with ourselves and avoid such unhealthy foods at all times. Below is a brief list of ingredients and foods that must be avoided in an attempt to reach optimum health.
1. enriched white and wheat flour products
2. products using white salt and high amounts of sodium
3. white and brown sugar and all substitute sugars, including high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
4. white rice
5. saturated fats, including hydrogenated oils
While this is just a small list of ingredients that we need to avoid, it is necessary to avoid all processed foods that we may come across. One question remains: How can we afford to consume these types of foods if they lead to obesity, which can ultimately lead to diabetes, heart disease, and various forms of cancers? I have a short video of interest for your viewing.
Can healthy eating be expensive? Do complex carbohydrates, like vegetables, beans and whole grains leave us feeling fuller longer periods of time? We need to consider probable health issues that may develop over time, such as heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers due to eating processed foods. Is the savings earned from coupon shopping worth taking a chance on our health?