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The FITNESS 2009 Healthy Food Awards

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We can't do your supermarket shopping for you, but we can make it a whole lot easier. We combed through more than 46,000 products on store shelves to find the 50 most delicious, healthiest packaged foods out there. Fill your cart and enjoy!

The Healthiest Foods in Your Grocery Store

Use this guide to find the tastiest, healthiest packaged foods in your grocery store. Get the handy printable shopping list on the next page!

 
How We Choose 'Em...

Four of the best nutritionists in the country -- all FITNESS advisory board members -- created healthy criteria for each category (such as the number of calories and grams of fat each food should contain; that deli meats be low in sodium, breads and cereals high in fiber, and so on). The top three to five brands of each food that met these stringent standards were taste-tested by dozens of staffers throughout our company. (Only nationally available products qualified.)

 

Our nutrition experts: Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association in Chicago; Leslie Bonci, RD, director of sports nutrition at the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Kathy McManus, RD, director of nutrition at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston; Lisa Young, PhD, RD, adjunct professor of nutrition at New York University and author of The Portion Teller Plan

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talker3535 wrote:

Are you considering redoing this for the current year?

3/20/2012 12:44:29 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

I'm just wondering if the nutritionists also took filtered these choices based on how many additives and preservatives they contained as well.

2/7/2011 12:35:04 PM Report Abuse
cprgirl wrote:

Im suprised that Rice Works Brown Rice chips arent on the list! They are awesome! They are fat and cholesterol free, Gluten free and Vegan friendly. And made with whole grains! And the taste is phenominal! Ill never eat another chip but these again...they come in flavors, I like the sea salt! And only 140 calories per serving! Back to the article...most of the foods on the list aren't available nationwide. Ive never heard of most of those brands!

5/5/2010 11:36:32 AM Report Abuse
fritje01 wrote:

I think it's a fantastic idea to have coupons for these products to encourage your readers to try them. The downside is, many of these coupons are already expired (i.e. Food Should Taste Good chips exp. 10/2009) which doesn't help at all. Just an FYI -

1/14/2010 07:48:39 AM Report Abuse

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