Supermarkets are an unavoidable part of our everyday lives, and for those who like to cook at home they can easily be part of one's daily routine. However, they can prove to be a gauntlet of healthy and sustainable to downright awful food choices. Many supermarket products can be unnecessarily expensive when cheaper, healthier options exist right on the same shelf or perhaps a single aisle away. The majority of these products are designed for consumer convenience to be eaten immediately or taken home and dumped into a meal with a minimum amount of fuss (or slicing). Food activists and those in the know, including those at the Slow Food Movement understand that the handling and packaging of a lot of supermarket foods are actually detrimental to their quality, taste, and nutrition, and are sure to steer clear. Sometimes it's a simple as buying whole fruit or a whole chicken to slice and cook yourself, other times it might require some baking, but the recurring theme is that knowing what goes into your food is a lot easier when you're cooking it yourself. Check out our list for details.