Think Green! Saint Patrick’s Day is over, but the beginning of Spring is also characterized by green everything. Trees, plants, grass all make our world green again. And now, you can find lots of green in a local supermarket chain , and I don’t mean the green you are spending to buy your family groceries!
Genuardi’s (parent company Safeway) has introduced a neat little tagging system called Simple Nutrition. This “in store” proprietary shelf tag system was introduced to help customers find and choose more nutritious choices when shopping for themselves or their family. It does not replace labeling ; it is merely a guide that may get you to read a label more closely. Each tag highlights up to 2 key nutrient or ingredient benefits. Some examples include “made with whole grains”, “organic” or “gluten free”.
Others focus on being a “good source of” a particular nutrient such as iron, vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, fiber, or antioxidants. Additional ones point to the amount, or lack of things such as “trans fat free”, “sodium smart” or “low saturated fat”.
I checked this system out myself, since others have tried similar tactics, and found it to be pretty useful. Other systems I have seen used in the past have been distracting and too much to read besides the food label itself. This system is a quick, easy and intelligent way to zip through the store and make quick choices, or to really look at the items you are buying in relation to ones that aren’t “tagged”. Unlike some other systems, proceeds or incentives from the food manufacturers don’t get the nutrition experts to pick an item to be “tagged”
Also included with the program is website information such as cooking tips and recipes. Check it out and see if it makes your shopping a little easier.
Laura is a registered dietitian and Montgomery County mom to a 6 year old and wife to a picky eater. Her and her family are avid readers, hikers, and are eagerly awaiting the Phillies season.