The first thing to do when choosing your healthy groceries is to scrutinize nutrition labels and ingredients lists before buying. Here are some tips that will help you to choose healthier groceries in Prague.
- The easiest way to shop for good-quality and healthy products is to go to health-food stores and if you cannot find one in your area, at very least opt for organic-quality products which do not contain any chemicals and antibiotics.
- If you are trying to lose weight and count calories, do not be misled by packaging that reads ‘zdrave’ (healthy), ‘celozrnna’ (whole-grain) or ‘bio’ (organic). These words do not necessarily indicate reduced-calorie or low-fat products. If you are keeping an eye on calories and fat the most important key words are ‘plnotucny’ (full-fat), ‘polotucny’ (half-fat), ‘bez tuku’ (fat-free) and ‘linea, linie or lehky’ (light).
- It is important to learn the labelling systems while shopping for food in the Czech Republic. The most common in the country are labels that list nutritional values per 100 g (3.5 oz) or 100 ml (about ½ cup) for ‘kcal’ (calories), ‘bilkovina’ (protein), ‘sacharidy’ (carbohydrates), ‘tuk’ (fat), ‘cukr’ (sugar) and in some cases ‘nasycenych tuku’ (saturated fat), ‘vlakno’ (fiber) and ‘sodik’ (sodium).
- It is also important to choose your bread wisely and avoid sliced bread which has the highest sugar content and lacks nutritional value and fiber. This kind of bread may also contain a lot of additives to keep them fresher longer. It is better to choose the wholegrain bread when you are in the supermarket. But check the date of production before you buy.
- Czech Republic offers lots of wild game which is much leaner than the domestically raised counterparts.