Published on May 13th, 2014 | by Mary Gerush


5 Rules + 4 Tips to Help you Shop for Good Groceries

Buying Good Groceries

When it comes to shopping for groceries, it’s tough to make good decisions. Enter Marion Nestle — nutritionist, author, and food hero — and her 5 rules for buying good groceries.

She just shared a French infographic and its English translation — Marion Nestle’s 5 Rules at the Supermarket — courtesy of Bernard Lavallée’s fascinating website Le Nutritionniste Urbain. Check ’em out, commit them to memory, and keep them in mind the next time you shop.

5 Rules at the Supermarket Marion Nestle

In addition to Ms. Nestle’s rules, consider 4 more tips gleaned from research and writing over the years…

  1. Shop mostly from the outer walls of your grocery store. That’s where the real foods are while processed foods dominate the inside shelves. (Inspiration from Michael Pollan.)
  2. Don’t buy foods that won’t rot at some point. And this isn’t dictated by expiration dates, which we know mean next to nothing, especially on processed foods. (Also Pollan wisdom.)
  3. When in doubt, Fooducate yourself. Fooducate is a nifty little app you use to scan a product’s barcode to learn how good it is (or is not) for you and your family.
  4. Buy from your local farmers market whenever possible. The food will be more nutritious and delicious and your money stays in your community.

If you want to learn more about how to shop for good groceries, I think you will thoroughly enjoy Ms. Nestle’s book What to Eat: An Aisle-by-Aisle Guide to Savvy Food Choices and Good Eating.

And Now for Something Completely Different…

Now that I’ve discovered Le Nutritionniste Urbain, I’ll be following its leader Bernard Lavallée, a Montreal nutritionist, blogger, broadcaster, and science writer. The website is in French, but using Google Chrome, you can click that little “Translate” button to get a relatively well-translated English version. The site boasts some fantastic infographics proving pictures really do speak louder than words. I can understand most of the content based on the graphics alone. Can you decipher this one?

Omega 3 Content


Kind of fun learning about nutrition while boning up on your French at the same time! Do you have other rules you follow while shopping for groceries?

Image Credit: Grocery Store via Shutterstock | Infographics courtesy of Food Politics and Le Nutritionniste Urbain

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About the Author

Hi all! I'm Mary Gerush - a recovering corporate worker bee turned good-farm-real-food advocate and writer who wants to help people understand what they're eating. I tend a tiny urban farm in Dallas, TX, and hope to scale up one day soon. Omnivore through-and-through, there's not much I love to eat more than a butter-basted grass fed steak fresh from a searing hot cast iron skillet. Follow me on , , and !

2 Responses to 5 Rules + 4 Tips to Help you Shop for Good Groceries

  1. AEM says:

    An adaptation of my father’s rule: Never shop hungry.

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