It’s not that uncommon for some people to think eggs are “dairy”, which would suggest that eggs are part of the Milk and Alternatives food group. Not an irrational thought when you consider eggs are often found in the dairy case. This came up again recently when I was talking food with my buddy Pete. He was casually asking about calcium and sources, for himself and his wife (we have to talk about something while the game is loading.)
Here’s how it went down: Me: “So, what milk or alternatives do you guys like? What do you eat most of the time?”
Pete: “We both like a lot of dairy. I like milk, yogurt, eggs…”
Me: “Gotcha… and the eggs? How do they fit in?”
Pete: “They’re dairy, from the dairy case.”
Me: “Right. So, where does milk or ‘dairy’, come from?”
Pete: “Usually cows.”
Me: “And, where do eggs come from?”
Pete: “Chickens…ohhhhh. But, that doesn’t make sense. They’re in the dairy case…”
This is one example of the many challenges we all face when we plan our shopping and are considering how to efficiently find food group choices in the various departments or sections in a grocery store.
For example, eggs belong to the Meat and Alternatives food group and are found in the “Dairy” section . You often have to sleuth about the store to find the other meat alternatives. Beans, dried or canned (different sections, usually) are in the middle aisles, as well as canned fish. Nuts and seeds are often near the baking supplies (although not consistently) and peanut butter is typically found next to its buddy, jam. The tofu search will take you back to the “Produce” section or, sometimes the Dairy, as it needs to be refrigerated.
Fortunately, for shoppers, Healthy Families BC has launched the online virtual grocery store, Shopping Sense , where you will find videos and resources to help you plan your shopping trip and help you find all you want and need from your store, like eggs in the Dairy section. To get the most you can for your health and your dollar, visit Shopping Sense, and let us know what you think.