Be a food sleuth on su­per­mar­ket tour

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - EAT, DRINK & BE MERRY -

BE­COME a food de­tec­tive and go sleuthing around a few su­per­mar­ket shelves in Port El­iz­a­beth next week to pick up clues for wise shop­ping and healthy eat­ing.

Bay MD Dr Margo de Kooker, who spe­cialises in well­ness and func­tional medicine, will lead the tour.

“You have made the de­ci­sion to change your life­style for the bet­ter . . . but what do you buy in the su­per­mar­kets?” she asks. “Do you find shop­ping for healthy food op­tions a chal­lenge, and are you ac­ci­den­tally mak­ing mis­takes that are de­rail­ing your healthy in­ten­tions?”

Join De Kooker for a health­fo­cused walk­a­bout through food stores to in­spect the pro­duce, in­ter­ro­gate the foods on the shelves, look at la­bels, and learn a lot about eat­ing for op­ti­mal en­ergy, as well as learn­ing what to ask for at the stores.

“There are also some hid­den gems in the stores, so let’s look at the healthy choices that are out there, as well as un­cover the health frauds,” says De Kooker, who be­lieves it is im­por­tant to be­come a con­scious con­sumer in a con­fus­ing mar­ket place.

With that in mind, the tour will of­fer help in de­ci­pher­ing the la­bels on food and work­ing out which are health choices – and which are not. Sub­jects cov­ered are likely to in­clude:

Read­ing la­bels, in­clud­ing which in­gre­di­ents to avoid;

Gro­cery shop­ping for peo­ple with al­ler­gies and food sen­si­tiv­i­ties;

Choos­ing healthy snacks;

Healthy meal prepa­ra­tion;

Nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial sweeten- ers (the good, the bad and the ugly);

ý Which foods to grav­i­tate to­ward and which to steer clear of.

The tour dates are on Mon­day and Tues­day, Au­gust 28 and 29 at Walmer su­per­mar­kets SPAR and Check­ers and on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 7, at Wool­worths in Buf­fels­fontein Road. Each one-hour tour starts at 10am and num­bers are lim­ited to six per tour. The cost is R200, which in­cludes cof­fee or tea and a closing dis­cus­sion.

“I’m happy to join you when you do your shop­ping, an­swer any of your ques­tions and give you my tips and sug­ges­tions for choos­ing healthy foods. I will ad­dress your par­tic­u­lar ques­tions, lo­ca­tion and needs.”

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion e-mail one@imag­inet.co.za or 0829269742.

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