Where to find healthy, fresh, food in San Marcos, CA
Posted by owen 10-23-2012 no comments
Finding healthy, fresh foods in San Marcos isn’t always easy. Some stores don’t offer much selection, or are more expensive than others. Plus, how should you know what foods you should be looking for to maintain healthy teeth and gums?
What foods are good for our oral health and where can we buy healthy, fresh foods in San Marcos?
Sprouts Farmers Market
Fresh fruits, such as peaches, apples, bananas, and nectarines add vitamins and minerals to our bodies, can satisfy the craving for something sweet, and are readily available in most grocery stores. In San Marcos, Sprouts Market offers a varied selection of high-quality, reasonably priced options, including organic for those of us that are interested in eating organic.
Try your local farmer’s market for healthy, fresh foods in San Marcos!
Vegetables pack a double punch, as they not only have the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need, but fiber as well. Vegetables such as zucchini, eggplant, spinach, tomatoes, and artichokes offer plenty of flavor, vitamins, and fiber. Living in the San Marcos area, we have access to lots of fresh vegetables, fruits, eggs and meats through our local farmers markets. San Diego county offers over 50 farmers markets, many that run throughout the year. San Marcos has a farmers market that is held at Cal State San Marcos on Sundays from 10am-2pm.
Proceed with caution!
While San Marcos certainly offers other grocery stores such as Ralph’s, Vons, Stater Brothers and Wal-Mart, it’s a good idea to be careful of the products you are buying while there. Each of these stores sell fruit, vegetables, bread, meat, and eggs, but you should be cautious about some of the other offerings that you may find down the aisles.
Avoid products that contain:
-High Fructose Corn Syrup
-Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
-Common food dyes
These additives do not contribute to the nutritional value of the food, but are often used for preserving foods, or adding artificial flavors or colors. Foods that contain these additives are often highly processed. Highly processed foods usually do not contain much nutritional value and eating too many of them can contribute to overall poor health, possible weight gain, and unhealthy teeth and gums.
High-fructose corn syrup can be found in many surprising foods, such as breads, cereals, and condiments. It is cheap, easy to produce, and plentiful. Other sugars to watch out for are beet, and cane sugars, as well as honey.
Eating too much sugar can lead to tooth decay and inflammation of the gums. Sugar forms plaques on our teeth that begin to wear away the protective enamel, leaving teeth vulnerable to the development of cavities. You might only think of sugar as “table sugar”, the white sugar we all know so well, but there are lots of sugar types and they are often “hidden” in foods that you might not suspect.
Finding healthy, fresh foods in San Marcos isn’t nearly as difficult as people may have previously thought. With our abundance of local farmers markets and the great variety of fresh produce available, eating great for good oral health takes only a little planning and dedication!