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In the modern life, people are spending much amount for buying grocery products. Fruits and vegetables are available in the market at an expensive price that makes people spend high amount for choosing food items. Everyone likes to eat healthy foods to keep their health to be better.  Some of them want to buy groceries at their limited budget with fresh foods. You can also find a moderate cost of foods within enough budgets that make you save lots of money to use for another usage.  If you don’t know how to spend less amount for purchasing food items then follow below given tips that help you to save your earned money.

Make a perfect budget:

Before going to buy any grocery items, you have to plan perfectly for grocery shopping within your budget. If you set the right budget for shopping foods you can save an expected amount that you calculated, otherwise you cannot able to save money.  If you are a big family, then you have to put menu plan based on the family members.  Choose average cost meals with the budget.

Utilize coupons:

In the festival season, different discount offers and coupons are offered to reduce money for buying any products from the shop.  It is the good option for the people those who looking to choose foods at lowers cost.  With the help of the coupons, you can buy lots of grocery item on a little budget.  Coupons are an efficient and simple system for buyers.

Shop with trusted grocery stores:

Shopping grocery products you have lots of choice which help to offer best shopping experience to you.   From supermarket or ethnic stores you can find fresh and cheaper food products.  Besides, you may also found much more sea foods, varied meat and others from the stores.  In online shops, consumers buy some food items to get healthier life.

Create list of cheap meals products:

In the market, you might find cheap meals with good quality.  If you make list of meals that used to prepare dishes for dinner, breakfast, and lunch at cheaper cost which help to save big money. Choosing cheap price items, you should avoid unhealthy foods.

Avoid buying junk food items:

The junk food items cause many side effects and reduce your strength. Most of the grocery stores this product will be kept as attractive.  Many people are choosing this food to minimize cooking time but they do not know facts about the foods.  So, stop purchasing junk foods on your grocery budget.

Cook meals in your home:

You must avoid buying foods from restaurants or hotels. Prepare dishes for your home itself to get delicious taste.  It helps to consume pre-made products in your life. Due to busy schedule people are moving to eat fast foods.  Also, you can make kitchen as grocery garden. If you prepare coffee or meals from your home it breaks down taste of restaurants.

Consider following above mentions instructions to make grocery shopping at affordable budget.  It makes you to spend lower amount for purchasing food item and live strong life.  However, you might acquire good quality of products at affordable cost from the shop. If you don’t know how to buy grocery products for cooking, just go through these points to save your money on choosing fresh food items.


People looking to shed a few pounds have often clung to the hope of “negative-calorie” foods – a workout for your taste buds that burns calories while you chew.

But do these foods actually exist?

A negative-calorie food would by definition consume more calories, for the body to handle it and process it, than is contained in the nutrient content in the food.

“Theoretically that’s possible,” says Tim Garvey, chair of the department of nutrition sciences at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

“In actuality there are no negative-calorie foods.”  

Consider celery, often proposed as a negative-calorie food due to its low-calorie count, high water density, and impressive fibre content.

While all that chewing and digesting of the fibrous food does burn calories, it doesn’t burn a lot.

There may be just 10 calories in a larger stick, but the body takes only one-fifth that much,” to process, says Dr. Tim Garvey.

“It’s still calorie plus.”

Never mind that man cannot live on celery alone, and few people just eat raw celery.

“It’s more of a gateway to cream cheese or peanut butter,” says David Grotto, a nutritionist and author of The Best Things You Can Eat.

That’s not to say that celery sticks – along with other high fibre, water-heavy fruits and vegetables – have no value as weight-loss aids.

“These foods do fill up the stomach and increase satiety,” says Dr. Tim Garvey, keeping you from ingesting more calories later – but not burning off the calories you’ve already consumed.

Celery is often proposed as a negative calorie food due to its low calorie count, high water density, and impressive fibre content

Celery is often proposed as a negative calorie food due to its low calorie count, high water density, and impressive fibre content

But there are other things you can eat or drink that are supposed to work in a different way, by making the body work harder.One is cold water, which the body has to warm up to 37 C (98.6 F). But David Grotto is not particularly impressed.

“There’s no research to say that cold water drinkers burn more calories,” he says.

“Any amount of metabolic hit is not a significant amount – maybe five calories.”

Other foods have different ways of increasing the rate at which we burn calories (otherwise known as the metabolic rate). Caffeine, guanine, taurine and green tea extracts all have these properties, says Ron Mendel, who has done research on diet drinks that combine these ingredients.

In a study with only 20 participants, Ron Mendel found that those who consumed a diet drink called Celsius, which debuted in 2005, burned more calories than when they drank diet cola.

“The big picture here is, this is certainly not adding up to hundreds of calories a day by any stretch,” says Ron Mendel, the programme director for exercise science at Mount Union University in Alliance, Ohio.

“There’s no magic bullet,” he says.

Still, Rom Mendel speculates the small gains could result in a loss of 10 lbs over a year.

“I wouldn’t say it was going to replace me exercising and make up for me from eating 4-5 donuts a day,” he says.

“But if you just make that one change, over a significant amount of time, it could add up to something.”

Dr. Tim Garvey is skeptical that the change in metabolism could lead to real weight loss.

As a doctor focused on obesity and nutrition, Dr. Tim Garvey maintains that the only real way to lose weight is the boring, old-fashioned, unsatisfying and ultimately successful method: eat fewer calories than you burn through exercise – not digestion.

  • There is no research to suggest any foods burn more calories than they create
  • Some foods have components that can help boost metabolism
  • Those benefits help burn some extra calories, but not a significant amount


Finnish researchers have found that a diet rich in tomatoes may reduce the risk of having a stroke.

They were investigating the impact of lycopene – a bright red chemical found in tomatoes, peppers and water-melons.

A study of 1,031 men, published in the journal Neurology, showed those with the most lycopene in their bloodstream were the least likely to have a stroke.

The Stroke Association called for more research into why lycopene seemed to have this effect.

The levels of lycopene in the blood were assessed at the beginning of the study, which then followed the men for the next 12 years.

They were split into four groups based on the amount of lycopene in their blood. There were 25 strokes in the 258 men in the low lycopene group and 11 strokes out of the 259 men in the high lycopene group.

The study said the risk of stroke was cut by 55% by having a diet rich in lycopene.

Dr. Jouni Karppi, from the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, said: “This study adds to the evidence that a diet high in fruits and vegetables is associated with a lower risk of stroke.

“The results support the recommendation that people get more than five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which would likely lead to a major reduction in the number of strokes worldwide, according to previous research.”

He said lycopene acted as an antioxidant, reduced inflammation and prevented blood clotting.


Supermarket bananas could soon be coated with a substance derived from seafood to keep them fresh for longer.

Scientists have created a special film that stops bananas breathing and also kills bacteria found on their surface, which otherwise causes them to over-ripen and rot.

But in a twist that might horrify vegetarians, the superabsorbent covering is made from chitosan, a substance derived from shrimp and crab shells

“We found that by spraying green bananas with a chitosan aerogel we can keep bananas fresh for up to 12 days,” said study leader Dr. Xihong Li from Tianjin University of Science and Technology in China.

Supermarket bananas could soon be coated with a substance derived from seafood to keep them fresh for longer

Supermarket bananas could soon be coated with a substance derived from seafood to keep them fresh for longer

“Once bananas begin to mature, they quickly become yellow and soft, and then they rot.

“We have developed a way to keep bananas green for a longer time and inhibit the rapid ripening that occurs.

“Such a coating could be used at home by consumers, in supermarkets or during shipment of bananas.”

All fruit and vegetables are alive and breathe through their skin but, unlike other varieties, bananas keep breathing once they are picked and actually release a chemical that allows them to take in more oxygen.

This process of respiration speeds up over time, causing bananas to become mushy.

These conditions allow surface bacteria to thrive, which ultimately makes them rot.

But the scientists showed that covering the bananas with chitosan kept them fresh for longer, by slowing down respiration and killing the bacteria that causes rotting.

Chitosan is also being investigated for use on other fruits and vegetables, and growers hope it will be a low-cost solution to food going to waste.

But first the team need to tinker with the recipe before the product can be rolled out, as one of the current ingredients cannot currently be used commercially.

The research was presented at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia.


A group of US scientists hail plain popcorn as a great diet food for its low calorie content and claim it may even top fruits and vegetables in antioxidant levels.

Antioxidants – known as polyphenols – have huge health benefits as they help fight harmful molecules that damage cells.

Popcorn was found to have a high level of concentrated antioxidants because it is made up of just 4% water while they are more diluted in fruits and vegetables because they are made up of up to 90% water.

Researchers discovered one serving of popcorn has up to 300 mg of antioxidants – nearly double the 160 mg for all fruits per serving.

They also found that the crunchy hulls of the popcorn have the highest concentration of antioxidants and fiber.

The scientists from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania unveiled their discovery at a meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Diego.

Popcorn was found to have a high level of concentrated antioxidants because it is made up of just 4 per cent water while they are more diluted in fruits and vegetables which are made up of up to 90 per cent water

Popcorn was found to have a high level of concentrated antioxidants because it is made up of just 4 per cent water while they are more diluted in fruits and vegetables which are made up of up to 90 per cent water

Researcher Joe Vinson said: “Those hulls deserve more respect. They are nutritional gold nuggets.”

But Joe Vinson warned that people can’t forgo their five-a-day in favor of popcorn – as it doesn’t contain vital vitamins and nutrients found in fruit and vegetables.

Although he added that popcorn has many other health benefits, stating: “Popcorn may be the perfect snack food.

“It’s the only snack that is 100% unprocessed whole grain.

“All other grains are processed and diluted with other ingredients, and although cereals are called <<whole grain>>, this simply means that over 51% of the weight of the product is whole grain.

“One serving of popcorn will provide more than 70% of the daily intake of whole grain.

“The average person only gets about half a serving of whole grains a day, and popcorn could fill that gap in a very pleasant way.”

The scientists warned that preparation is key to culling popcorn’s health benefits.

Joe Vinson added: “Air-popped popcorn has the lowest number of calories while microwave popcorn has twice as many calories as air-popped.”