If you’ve been to any big-box stores lately, maybe you have noticed that there might be a pharmacy somewhere in the grocery store. Someone thought, “Let’s make this one- stop shopping.” Buy food, get your prescriptions filled, then check out, and your day is complete.
Hippocrates said ““Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” But I am not sure that this is what he had in mind.
At the same time pharmacies were popping up in your favorite grocery store, something else was happening. The local chain-pharmacy decided to add a mini-mart to the planogram of their stores.
Heading to the pharmacy, whether it be for diapers, hair gel, or a one-on-one with the pharmacist, you can now see has a plethora of groceries for you to choose from. But, do not be fooled, because the reality is that there is NO real food at the pharmacy.
A quick review of five items at the drugstore, and you make the call if these are good things for you to eat:
5 Drug Store Foods to Avoid
1. Whole Wheat Bread
looks healthy. But the flour is enriched, and it is loaded with high fructose corn syrup.
2. Instant Oatmeal
Just skip it. The preservatives alone add so much sodium. My local drug store didn’t have any “old-fashioned” oats. Boo.
3. Wheat Crackers
The word “wheat” is the grabber, but again, sugar, oil, and enriched flours are the real deal.
4. Breakfast Cereal
If you like loopy, fruity cereal, you might do well. But, the reality is that cereals like shredded wheat are few and far between.
5. Plant-based milks
There are none.
And, wouldn’t it be nice if your local pharmacy had a basket of fresh fruit at the checkout? Even Starbucks offers fresh fruit at the register. Have never seen fresh fruit at the pharmacy.
What to do? Looks as though the best bet is to head to the grocery store, get your diapers, or whatever, head to produce, grab some fruit and veggies, then, head home.
It’s interesting that foods with added salt, fat, and sugar are easily found at the drugstore. And at the back of the pharmacy, people are getting medications to help fight hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Eat real food. Feel better. And soon, you won’t need the medication, because delicious, fresh foods will be your medicine.