The numbers of Americans shopping online is expected to grow five-fold over the next decade with Wal-Mart, Kroger, and now Amazon pantry leading the way. The technologically savvy culture that exists allows consumers to purchase groceries online and have food delivered or the option to “click and collect” service. Exploring online shopping may benefit your health in a variety of ways.
- You can avoid going down aisles that may trigger food cravings like the snack or beverage aisle.
- The plethora of impulse buys will no longer be tempting.
- Shopping can be a time suck especially when you are browsing or trying to find products on the shelf. The time saved can be transferred to meal planning and prep.
One major flaw when it comes to online shopping is that nutrition information is typically not listed. These facts are important, particularly for people with diabetes for carbohydrate counting purposes. On the other hand, foods that tend to be the healthiest tend not to have a nutrition facts label. Think of all the produce that does not have information on it. When shopping online, think whole food purchases!
Another benefit is that most online shopping platforms save your list from the previous week so that you don’t have to go back and search foods a second time. If you dread spending the time going to the grocery store, online shopping will be a better fit for you. Also, online shopping takes away the experience of the store with its maze of marketing tactics. Get back to the basics and order an abundance of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans!
Watch as I walk you through an online shopping site on this episode of Spoonful of Nutrition.