Get the Scoop on Processed Foods

Highly processed foods often contain added sugar or sodium, which most Americans consume in excess.
Some processed foods can be healthy. The process of pasteurizing milk kills harmful bacteria. Frozen berries without added sugar may be less expensive than their fresh counterpart.
By focusing on small shifts in what we eat and drink, eating healthy becomes reasonable.
How can you be smart about shopping for foods in the MyPlate food groups and processed foods?
 Choose whole grain products in place of refined grain products.
 Use the ingredient list on food labels to find cereals, canned and frozen fruits and veggies, and other foods without added sugar and salt.
 Shop the perimeter of the store where you will find fresh fruits and veggies, and raw meats, poultry and seafood.
 Use common sense. A frozen veggie may be a healthier (and more convenient) choice than a fresh  vegetable that has been sitting in the refrigerator for a week.