You might be hearing the term “Food as Medicine” more and more as the connection between food and health has become clearer. While food choices don’t replace actual medicine when medically necessary, research shows that what we eat can impact our health.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the national organization for dietitians and nutrition professionals, defines Food as Medicine as a philosophy where food and nutrition aid individuals through interventions that support health and wellness. Let’s dive into what Food as Medicine means at Kroger and check out some simple ways to get started on your nutrition journey.
What is Food as Medicine?
At Kroger, we believe Food as Medicine means a dedicated, educated and personalized approach to eating and enjoying food, so we can live healthier lives and prevent illness before it starts.
Research shows that eating more foods with healthy attributes like fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, and eating foods with less healthful attributes like added sugar and sodium in moderation can support a healthy lifestyle. We understand that food should be enjoyed, which is why our registered dietitians help people find foods that fit their budget, needs, and preferences — all without sacrificing taste.
How Can You Incorporate Food as Medicine into Your Daily Life?
1. Make Small Changes
You don’t have to overhaul eating patterns overnight to work toward your health goals. Simple changes can have a meaningful impact on your health over time. We know most people aren’t looking to swap out cake for celery sticks on their birthday, but perhaps there are areas where you’re willing to make a change. Small changes could look like choosing baked chips instead of regular chips as a snack, or incorporating an extra helping of vegetables on your plate at dinner.
Looking for a way to help you make more healthy choices? OptUP, our nutrition rating system, was created to simplify nutritious food choices and to help you shop healthier on your terms. OptUP considers the complex relationships between the many attributes in food and provides a healthfulness score on a scale of 1-100.
To check nutrition ratings as you shop, simply look for the nutrition information on each product page online or in the Kroger app. You can use nutrition ratings to quickly compare similar products and choose better-for-you items. You can also find your personalized OptUP score—based on your recent purchases—on your “My Nutrition Insights” page. Learn more about OptUP here.
2. Work with a Registered Dietitian
Sometimes it’s easier to navigate nutrition when you can talk to an expert. As nutrition professionals, registered dietitians are the go-to experts to provide evidence-based, practical guidance as you navigate your food and health journey.
We believe healthy eating doesn’t have to mean hating what’s on your plate. Rather, we help you set and achieve your own goals. From nourishment for a health condition to personalized product recommendations for shopping and cooking tips, the Kroger Health dietitians have you covered. Learn more about telenutrition here, and book a telenutrition appointment with a dietitian today.
By incorporating small changes that fit your lifestyle, you can work toward your health goals while eating food you actually enjoy. Explore more healthy living advice from our team of experts.
Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.