real food tip 17 | shopping the perimeter

June 2, 2014

It used to be that in a grocery store, the perimeter would have the fresh, less processed foods - meat, dairy, produce. However, that is not the case anymore. Now stores will cross-merchandise and put packaged, processed foods on the outskirts. Think bottled salad dressing near the lettuce or condiments near the meat.

Every once in a while you will still hear advice about shopping the perimeter, but it is a tip that is outdated and not helpful anymore. A bottle of dressing near produce will not be healthier than one in the middle aisles.